Gettysburg to Arlington

July 1 - 3, 2018


Planning 1

4.15.18

Today marks 11 weeks until I attempt my grandest running adventure yet - running a self-designed route from Gettysburg, PA to Arlington, VA on the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

 First crack at mapping the route in Strava. My previous longest single distance is 65 miles so, though I fancy myself an ultrarunner, this distance is daunting.

First crack at mapping the route in Strava. My previous longest single distance is 65 miles so, though I fancy myself an ultrarunner, this distance is daunting.

The current route will take me roughly along the route of the retreat of Lee's army, until I catch the Appalachian trail south, run a reverse of the start of the JFK50 through Boonsboro and onto Antietam until hopping over to the C&O canal towpath for much of the remainder of my journey.

I am drawn to the route because of its history and because of the type and variability of terrain it offers. Road, highly technical trail and the mentally taxing monotony of towpath (at night).

I look forward to fleshing out my thoughts on the history, planning and eventual execution of this project. It is one of my top goals this year.

Adrian Spencer