I had wanted to do this run for about three years. I wrote about the idea in another post. Here.
My sons Keith and Matt and I met up with my cousin Harvey and his life partner Dale to retrace a two day run that our 6th great grandfather Edward Marshall completed in 1737. The run was done to set the boundary for a land purchase by the sons of William Penn to acquire land from the Lenni Lenape Indians in Eastern Pennsylvania.
His run covered about 65 miles. Our retracing required 70 miles since we followed public roads. The original running was intended to go as far as possible in a predetermined direction in a day and a half. The first day allowed 12 hours and the second day allowed 6 hours.
I ran from his starting point to the end point of day one in a little under 11 hours and from that point to the final endpoint in under 6 hours.
Below are some links that help describe it.
My full report has been submitted (under contract) to Marathon and Beyond Magazine for the January/February 2014 issue. (The magazine ceased publication in 2016.)
A proof copy of the article is at article
Dale posted about our adventure at blog entry.
Her photos are at photo link.
We got some news coverage in the Morning Call. News report
Some of the photos...
|Mural depicting the Walking Purchase by George Gray. Displayed at Hotel Bethlehem|
|Starting where Edward Marshall did|
|This stone honors the Lenni Lenape Indians|
|Starting in heavy rain and running close to traffic|
|Food and water stops about every 3 miles|
|End of day one after 47 miles|
|Day two running included hills and mountains|
|Keith and Matt joined me for a mile of trail to bypass the highway|
|Pushing up the final climb|
|Team photo at the finish spot|
|Burying a time capsule|
|A surprise presentation|