Run a Marathon Backwards, He Said …

Running a marathon while moving forward is hard enough … now try and imagine running it backwards! 59-year-old Tracy McCullen is going to do just that, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington (North Carolina). He has a long history of supporting the BGC, as a former board member and current ambassador for the nonprofit. He even put his skills as a landscape architect to work, installing a new outdoor playground for the club’s patrons.

McCullen is planning to run the distance in around 6 hours. He’s not new to marathons, or endurance sports – he’s run many marathons and completed Ironman triathlons, but this is his first attempt at running a marathon backwards. Don’t worry, his friend Charlie Engle will be running forward alongside McCullen to guide him along the course and prevent collisions with other participants and volunteers. Charlie is no weekend warrior, either … he’s done some pretty amazing feats and is currently planning an expedition from the Dead Sea to the top of Mt. Everest.

He will be running the Wrightsville Marathon in North Carolina. The course is relatively flat (especially for us Oregonians) but does have a number of 40-foot inclines.

But my favorite thing about this entire plan is that his finish-line crew will be made up of more than 20 kids, who will run the last 100 meters of the race with him.

Even though he’s way on the other side of the country, Run Oregon wishes him the best and we can’t wait to see pictures from the finish line! He’s currently about one-fifth of his way to his fundraising goal, but I have a feeling he’ll keep running until he reaches it.

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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