Local Man To Run & Ride Across America

Running Man

50 For 50
Sam Boatwright

You’d think running 50 miles a day for 50 days straight would be enough to make anyone give up exercise for good!  But not Sam Boatwright – aka The Epic Runner.  Instead, his new venture will see him raise the bar even higher.

In 2012 Sam, a teacher at St Bede’s in Bradford, ran 50 miles a day for 50 days – a total of 2,500 miles – around the UK raising money for Help The Heroes.  Sam’s Herculean efforts raised over £16,500 for the charity, money used to support those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving in the armed forces.

An American Adventure

But instead of resting on his laurels and basking in the glow of a job well done, Sam’s aiming to push his fund-raising feats even further, and this time he’s going Stateside!

Starting in New York in July 2017, Sam will run 50 miles one day and cycle 100 miles the next, alternating between the two disciplines… until he reaches Los Angeles.  Which, depending on the route he takes, could mean running and cycling as many as 2,800 miles!  (That’s 4,500km for those who’ve gone metric…)

The Fund Run

Sam BoatwrightBut before Sam takes a single step in the States, the fund-raising process will begin in earnest.  This Friday The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton is hosting an event to fill the charity coffers.  If you’d like to attend, tickets are just £10 and include a meal and a raffle (prizes donated by local businesses) as well as a disco and a drag act!  Now where else are you going get that much entertainment for a tenner?!

For more details please contact The Rendezvous on 01756 700 100.

And, please, if you have any spare change you can do without then donate to Sam’s great cause here.

In the meantime, we’re going to keep a close eye on Sam’s exploits and keep you up to speed with how his American adventure pans out.

Good luck, Sam!


  1. Great idea from Sam Boatwright, especially as he will encounter extremes of weather en-route…just a comment about the article though…the US (our American cousins) uses miles, not kilometres… 😀

  2. Hi Jean – thanks for commenting! We’ll be bringing as much detail on Sam’s run as we can over the next few months. Including, we’re hoping, a quick interview with him in the coming week or so.

    And blushes for me with regards miles/kilometres! Wow, can’t believe I didn’t know that,,, I’ve updated it now and your proofreading cheque’s in the post 😉


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