ERIC KEELER CARRIES ALL HIS STUFF IN A PRAM AS HE RUNS ACROSS THE US
Meet the man who is running across America carrying all his belongings in a baby buggy
DERBYSHIRE runner Eric Keeler is just over halfway through an ultra-marathon run with a difference across the United States.
Pushing a converted baby buggy containing all his belongings, Keeler is due to finish the trek in the state of California in December and is close to 3000 miles through the 4200-mile journey.
“Everyone I have met is interested in my run,” he says. “Random cars stop and strangers hand me food and water, or offer a place to stay. This run is so much more than just running.”
Keeler has also been stopped by highway patrol cars after members of the public have called the authorities to report a strange bearded man pushing a baby pram down a main road.
As well as visits from the police, his challenge is constantly surprising him: the soles of his shoes melted on the hot asphalt, sunstroke in the mid-west and a near-death experience with a truck that saved him from the direct path of a typhoon.
Generally, though, people have offered help, which he appreciated as his run is solo and unsupported.
Keeler did his first marathon at the London Marathon in 2013, after just a few months training, thinking it would be fun, but he vowed never to run again.
Yet he got the bug and decided to combine his passion for running with a desire to see the United States, in addition to raising funds for spinal cord injury research.
So he began his trip in April this year in Maine and plans to finish in San Diego in a couple of months’ time.
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Unusual sight: the Briton has been stopped by highway patrol several times during his multimarathon effort