By Yvonne Hartmann
Nancy Bennett likes a challenge.
She completed a cross country bicycle ride in 1998, ran her first marathon in 2001 at the age of 50, and now at the age of 63, is running as part of the Race Across USA.
Bennett is one of 12 core team members taking part in the 4½-month journey and running the equivalent of 117 back-to-back marathons across the country. When it is all done, Bennett and the other team members will have run 3,080 miles in 140 days.
She discovered Race Across USA, which raises awareness of childhood obesity and funds for the 100 Mile Club, while searching for her next challenge. “It sounded really exciting,” she said.
Since running her first 26.2-mile race, she has completed more than 60 marathons, with at least one in each of the 50 states.
“Over 3,000 people have climbed Mt. Everest, but only 252 people have successfully crossed the United States in a footrace?” she said.