Running 31 miles in a 20lb pack

I ran 31 miles with a 20lb pack in 7:18:21 on Memorial Day to raise funds for THE National Blood Clot Alliance...Waiting for Guinness to approve the new record.

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My Blood Clot Story

I tore my meniscus playing soccer with my son Ty in 2011. My doctor assured me I would be back in time to run the Chicago Marathon after a 20 minute surgery. A week later, while standing in the garage with the boys I felt like I had just done a 10 mile workout. I was short of breath, my heart was racing and I was sweating. Sue, my wife rushed home from the ER and took me in.

As it turns out my lungs and calf were full of blood clots. 1 in 3 people die from blood clots in their lungs. That's 1 person every 6 minutes in the US.

I was one of the lucky ones that survived.  



Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low.  Study after study has shown that fewer than 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots or their signs and symptoms. 


die every day from a blood clot




will get a  blood clot this year




will die from a blood clot this year







The current Guinness World Record for running 31 miles with a 20lb pack is 8 hours. I'll be running around a 1,000 meter course in front of FTX CrossFit in Wheaton. 

Come watch, eat some tacos, or get a workout in at FTX CrossFit. Click for details.

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ftx crossfit

The FTX CrossFit facility is state of the art but it's the people that really set it apart. The trainers are super knowledgeable and were really patient with this runner that didn't couldn't lift much weight. Whether you're just starting working out or a weight room addict the FTX community is welcoming to all. 


olympia chiropractic & physical therapy

Olympia treats my entire family and keeps me training! As you can imagine training with a 20lb pack has made for some interesting aches and pains and I've had my share of injuries through the years. Chiropractic, Massage, and PT, I've done it all at Olympia. Like FTX, the staff quickly becomes like family. 


National blood Clot alliance

The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) sees a future in which the number of people suffering and dying from blood clots in the United States is reduced. I can't say enough about the incredible staff that works so hard to create the educational programs to prevent blood clots and the support NBCA gives to the patient population like me. 




"Eliminate the mindset that ‘I can’t.

Forget I can’t – say I presently struggle with"