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DAY 22 - MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008 - - - -
Hot Springs to Lolo Pass, MT
Degrees, Slight Breeze
5,235 Feet (1,104' More Than Yesterday)
Total Distance Traveled:
Total Distance Remaining:
Thoughts For Today:
morning at 10:00 a.m. MST I achieved my goal of running solo
across Montana from the Montana/North Dakota border to the
Idaho/Montana border. It was a wonderful adventure that
required 20 days on the road to complete the 620 miles. I
took a total of two days off (one day to get an x-ray of my
left foot, and another day to get some rest before tackling
the mountains in the west). I averaged 31 miles per day from
the Great Plains in the east to the top of the Bitterroot
Mountain Range in the west. In all, I was on the pavement
for 158 hours to conquer Montana.
This morning I
awoke to beautiful skies and just a gentle breeze. I only
had 7 miles to do and left Lolo Hot Springs at around
8:00am. At around the 5 mile mark of the day my family
pulled up in our van and began cheering for me. They would
stop a couple of times up the mountain to encourage me...
which I truly appreciated! They drove up to the finish line
to wait for me and Ian Marquand of KPAX Channel 8 News of
Missoula arrived to film the conclusion of this trek across
Montana. I've always appreciated KPAX and Mr. Marquand for
the support they have shown for the P.A.C.E. endeavors. I
pushed up the mountain, gaining 1,104 feet in elevation
during the 7-mile trek today. At the top of Lolo Pass I saw
my family cheering me on... and there was the Welcome to
Idaho sign. I had made it! Snow was still piled along the
roadway from where the plows had pushed it from the winter
months, but the temperature was nice (around 65 degrees). I
ran through the finish line and could not help but to let
out a yell of joy, relief and satisfaction as I put in the
final stride toward realizing this goal. I had just run solo
across the 4th largest U.S. state from east to west -
battling snowstorms, rain, heat and more. My body shows the
wear of the miles and the extreme temperatures of the last
three weeks, ranging from 19 degrees to 90 degrees. In fact,
during the past week I've logged 247 miles... so there was
definitely some fatigue in my legs today. I'm
relieved to be done and will now take the time necessary to
rest and recover.
aired a news report on KPAX Channel 8 in Missoula
this evening showing the conclusion of P.A.C.E. Trek
2008. That video is included in "Today's Videos" to the
want to thank everyone who helped to make P.A.C.E. Trek 2008
a success. There are so many kind people who reached out to
me to lend a hand and to help pull me along. The teams
participating around the world have done an absolutely
wonderful job! We had about 8,000 kids registered to take
part in this three-week endeavor and based on my totaling of
the most recent mileage reports submitted by team leaders,
so far the participating teams have logged about 35,000
miles during P.A.C.E. Trek 2008 - which is about the same as
running and walking 1½ times around the planet! There are
several teams that have completed the journey, and some
other teams are still logging miles to reach their goal of
virtually crossing Montana. I'll continue to cheer on the
teams and will post a follow-up journal entry soon with more
information. For now, I want to try and focus on getting
some pictures posted from the past few days as well as the
This has been a
wonderful experience, albeit a difficult one. Trekking east
to west is physically demanding when faced with continuous
headwinds that dehydrate the body so much. That, combined
with the extreme weather conditions over the past three
weeks, created a demanding challenge for me. However, I was
able to endure through the obstacles as they were presented
and I hope that there's a lesson to be learned through that.
Thanks to all who have followed along on this journey by
tracking my progress through this web site. I hope that
you've found the Montana information, fitness thoughts, and
Native American details of interest and that you've learned
something new through this endeavor. It will be something
that I'll always remember, and I'm so glad that I had an
opportunity to run and walk with thousands of children
across my home state of Montana. What a trek!
Montana "Did You Know?"...
Montanans are relatively thin compared to their fellow
Americans, but that's not saying much. More than half of
adults in the state are overweight or obese. Montana's
Department of Public Health and Human Services recently
completed its first Nutrition and Physical Activity State
Plan to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases. The
goal: Promote better eating and more activity among
Montanans, starting with children in school and adults in
Americans "Did You Know?"...
Native American tribes are sovereign nations. That means
they are independent. However, Native Americans are also
considered citizens of the United States and enjoy all the
rights and privileges of U.S. citizens.
Fitness "Did You Know?"...
Increased physical activity has been associated with an
increased life expectancy and decreased risk of
cardiovascular disease. Physical activity produces overall
physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive
children are likely to become inactive adults. And physical
activity helps with: controlling weight; reducing blood
pressure; raising HDL ("good") cholesterol; reducing the
risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer; and, improved
psychological well-being, including gaining more
self-confidence and higher self-esteem.
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running along on this journey across Montana!
Keeping on PACE...
today and always,
Along The Way...
I ran to the top of the
BITTERROOT MOUNTAIN RANGE
at the Idaho/Montana border. I climbed 1,104
feet in elevation within 7 miles. The Bitterroot
Range is a subrange of the Rocky Mountains and
runs along the border of Montana and Idaho. The
range spans an area of 24,223 square miles and
is named after the bitterroot, a small pink
flower that is the state flower of Montana. In
1805, the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether
Lewis and William Clark, crossed the Bitterroot
Range, first entering the Bitterroot Valley from
the south via Lost Trail Pass, and then exiting
to the west via Lolo Pass. In 1805, Lewis and
Clark crossed these mountains and encountered
the Nez Perce Native American tribe.
Paul's Current Position In Montana