An international race jogged right through Emery County on June 29. The race is called Run Across America 2004. "This race is the hardest foot race in the world" said Alan Hath, race director. The race started in Huntington Beach, Calif. On June 12 and will end on Aug. 21 in Central Park, New York City, N.Y. The total miles of the race is approximately 3,100.
The runners are as follows Bob Brown of England, Russell Allison, USA, Luc Dunont, France, Kazuhiko Horiguchi, Japan, Don Winkley, USA, Oliver Forti, France, and Takasumi Senoo, Japan. The runners have to be in top shape for the race since they run an average of 29 to 54 miles a day at a pace of at least 3.5 miles an hour, so they run from six to12 hours everyday. This is not a cheap race the entry fee alone costs $2,000. You would think that the $2,000 entry fee would at least pay for some food and accommodations, it doesn't though. The overall cost of the race can range from $8,500 to $10,000. Three of the runners are running for causes: Louis Rodriguez for breast cancer awareness, Olivier Forti of France for children with leukemia, and Bob Brown, CHICKS, Country Holiday for Inner City Kids. The remainder of the runners are running for the challenge.