Running the Pacific Crest Trail

Joe McConaughy is currently running 45 miles per day for the next 20 or so days. He’s attempting to break the record for running the Pacific Crest Trail, to raise $30,000 in honor of his two-year-old cousin, Colin, who passed away from a rare brain cancer in January, 2012. 


That’s a total of 2,600 miles, from the California/Mexico border to the Washington/Canada in 59 days. Joe disembarked on the trail on June 18. But just a few weeks prior, right before heading to basecamp in Campo, Calif., Joe found out that another one of his cousins had just received terrible news — the 11-year-old had leukemia. Distraught and confused but with renewed energy, Joe recommitted to the run, which is raising money through CancerCare, a nonprofit that provides financial and mental health support for families who struggling with cancer diagnoses. 

With a car named carne asada and friends and family meeting him with water and gifts of giant Chipotle burritos along the way, Joe seems to be making good progress along the PCT. But will he make it? At about the halfway point, it’s still hard to tell. The most difficult part about doing something like this, though, is continuing to believe that it can happen. So we’ll be sending the positive vibes in Joe’s direction as he runs for his life. And you can follow his progress at

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