3,260 Miles Across 15 States
108 Days of SOLO Running
30-Miles Per Day Average
1 Runner, No Support Crew
Pushing An 80-Pound Stroller
2nd Hottest U.S. Summer Ever
Run Ocean to Ocean
To Keep A Promise To
Click For Final Run Statistics
to P.A.C.E. Run 2006
(Promoting Active Children
This web site chronicles the 3,260-mile running trek of Paul Staso as he completed
a solo and unsupported coast-to-coast run across
America between June 23 and October 20, 2006 at the age of 41. The trek required 108
running days and the
included 15 states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, W. Virginia,
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware (and Wash. D.C.).
Run 2006 happened because of a determined running/walking effort by 97
students at Russell Elementary School in Missoula, Montana (pacetrek.com/seeusrun).
Paul's primary purpose was to fulfill
he made to those students. He also wanted the run to increase
awareness in kids about the importance of health and fitness.
Paul's run began on the Oregon coast and ended on the shore of Delaware.
His grueling solo trek took him over the Northern Rocky
Mountains, traversing barren plains, into numerous towns and cities,
across the steep Appalachian Mountain Range, and through the 2nd
hottest summer recorded in U.S. history
all while pushing the weight of his gear!
Paul's P.A.C.E. Site!
Paul's P.A.C.E. Blog!
Slideshow of P.A.C.E. Run 2006
The final P.A.C.E. Run 2006
music slideshow features pictures of Paul's solo run across
music slideshow has been embedded below using a Windows
Media Player script so that you can watch it directly on
this web page. However, if you cannot see the slideshow
below, then you can
click here to
download the 2006 slideshow. Also, you can
right click on that link and choose the "Save Target As"
option to save the file to your computer's hard drive. You
should know, however, that the file size is around 36 Megabytes and
this is a Windows Media file (.wmv format). The embedded
version below is streaming, meaning you can click the
play button in the lower left-hand corner of the player and
begin watching it immediately.
Turn up your computer speakers!
If you're a Mac user, you may need to get the Windows Media
Apple Downloads or
Once the video above is playing, right click on
the player's control
bar (in gray) at the
bottom to choose "Zoom > Full Screen"
Notes To Paul From Children Regarding
His 2006 Run Across America
"I love that you kept your promise!
Thanks for all you have done."
"It is so cool what you are doing!
"I can't believe you ran that far! I've ran so much that I've gotten in better shape and I got faster, and
I'm sure other kids have too! I think it's great that kids everywhere
are getting in better shape.
Now I run at home, at recess, and well... a
whole lot of other places!
"Not a lot of grown ups keep their promises."
"A friend and I are doing this thing we call 'Mission Possible'. We get
together every Saturday to
walk the track or ride bikes or something. We
did it all because of you! Thanks!"
"I think it's great that you believe in yourself."
"This year you encouraged us to virtually run across America.
A lot of
people thought that we couldn't do it, but we did!"
"You encourage kids to run, that don't normally run. By doing this you
got us to realize
we can do a lot of stuff... So for this, thank you."
"You are such an inspiration to me!"
"Thank you for everything, especially keeping your promise. All I can
say is WOW!"
"Thanks for teaching us the good that running gets you."
"I had so much fun during our virtual trek across America. Plus, I've
become more fit!"
"From the virtual run experience I learned to never give up, even
if you're exhausted.
You should keep going."
"I think running is fun. I'm glad that you let us do the virtual Run/Walk
"You have done so many good things, and this run is one of them."
"You have been a real inspiration to me, and a lot of other kids."
"I knew that you would keep your promise. You are awesome!"
"I learned this year from running across America (virtually) that
anything is possible.
This has been a great year for me to run so
much. You just have to set your mind to it and run!"
"I am so amazed of what you have done. You took the challenge and
"One day I wish to become as athletic as you. I'm currently doing sports
and you just amaze me so much!"
"I want you to know how much of a hero you are to our family.
am so proud of you that you made it across the U.S.!"