For many, running a single marathon is a major life accomplishment. For Sam Fox, who is attempting to break the Pacific Crest Trail crossing record, he faces a lifetime of running—in just 50 days. This morning Sam started his journey at the Canadian border, the northern point of the PCT. His finish is 2,339 miles away at the border to Mexico. In order to complete the PCT and set a new record, Fox will have to run and hike more than 40 miles each day for seven weeks, climbing over mountains and through deserts.
A former high jumper for the Yale track and field team, Fox has never been the type to set small goals. After graduating from college, Sam missed the competitive outlet of school and sports, but discovered a passion for endurance running.
Inspired to fundraise to fight Parkinson’s, a disease his mother was diagnosed with, last year Sam formed the non-profit organization Run While You Can. He then set the ambitious goal of raising $250,000 to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund Parkinson’s research by running the PCT trail.
“[Parkinson’s] steals the ability to do the exact thing that I am doing,” said Fox. “So the bigger the challenge, the closer to home it would hit with that community.”
Brooks is proud to support Fox for this fundraising drive and record-setting attempt by supplying him and his support team with running apparel and pairs of our Cascadia trail shoe. You can follow Sam’s run at www.runwhileyoucan.org or by becoming a fan at Facebook.com/runwhileyoucan.
Below is an interview we recorded with Sam last week in Seattle, just before he left for his drive to the start of the PCT.
We wish Sam the best on this epic fundraising and running challenge!