Sunday July 25, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Louisville – It is an ambitious challenge: Over 400 consecutive miles of running with the starting point at the Patriots Peace Memorial on River Road to the Jefferson Memorial Welcome Center and back. Brad Alsop plans to make such a run four times in an effort to help a local campaign that remembers those who are serving in the US Military.
If the distance is completed, it could be the longest run in American history.
The previous unofficial mark was set at 350 miles in 80 hours and 45 minutes 5 years ago in California.
“This is an incredible effort by one man to help us,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). “He is hoping to raise money so that we can send more packages to men and women who are serving our country.”
On Sunday, Alsop will kick off “Operation Hundreds From the Heart” at the Patriots Peace Memorial. His run is designed to raise money to help cover postage for the Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign created by Flood in 2006. The campaign sends packages of personal items such as toothpaste and sunscreen to remote theaters of operations around the world. His target amount is $10,000.
"Obviously if my chief concern was to set a record distance, I wouldn't be running through the city, day and night, during the dog days of summer,” says Alsop. “It's much more about doing something very difficult so people who are much better than I am can reap the benefits.”
“Every year we have seen an increase in postage costs,” says Flood. “We appreciate any effort to raise funds to spend on mailing these packages.”
The course Alsop is planning to run is 52 miles from the Patriots Peace Memorial to the Jefferson Forest and back. To achieve over 400 consecutive miles, he will run the course four times. Alsop will also run 10 miles of laps in Seneca Park before returning to the Patriots Peace Memorial.
The festivities begin at the Patriots Peace Memorial on Sunday at 4:30pm. VFW Post 1170 will provide the Honor Guard for a special flag-raising ceremony at 4:45 featuring the very American flag Alsop ran over 40 miles with across Louisville on Veterans Day in 2005. That same flag was later featured in a photo gallery of the Courier-Journal honoring Veterans. Alsop is also encouraging all runners to join him for the first mile of the journey. He is planning to complete the journey in about 100 hours. He also plans to give updates on Twitter at Brad Alsop during the run.
"I'm sure if you offered some serious money to pay the first American to run over 400 miles, you would find hundreds signing up tomorrow capable of completing the distance. But I won't be getting paid for my efforts at all. We still live in a time when you really have to come from the heart to do something like this. And that's exactly what I'm trying to do...my part from the heart."
The run is officially set to begin at 5:10pm on Sunday.
Madonna Flood (D) 24