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Bring the Family Closer by Running Across the Country

IMG_6001That’s us! Summer 2017 will be the most exciting one to date, as my husband and I will run 3,000+ miles from Boston to the Oregon Coast. It’s a feat that I have been dreaming about for years, high school is probably the first time the thought crossed my mind. However, the timing was never quite right. The timing still may not be right, but we are going to do it anyway.  My gut has been telling me to take the Oregon Trail – Rt. 20. It starts in Boston (where we are from) and ends in Oregon (where we live). There will be some additional navigating to avoid super busy roads, stay in the country, and to possibly avoid a ferry or not. Running across the country completions has been recorded by 252 people so far. So, we are definitely not the only ones but it’s an adventure that we just don’t want to wait any longer to do.

Not only do we want to run across the country, but we also want to share our “loves” along the way too. I dream of teaching fitness classes and juicing demos and my husband dreams of sharing his hardware hacking skills to kids along the way. Even though an audience for health & tech hangouts will be few and far between, there will be opportunities to share our work. Between blog posts, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube we will keep everyone informed on our progress and when the next health & tech hangout will be.

Coming along for the ride will be our two boys and my parents. Our boys love running and riding their bikes. My husband and I met running. As parents, we are so busy during the school year that we really want to dedicate some time to us as a family – a running family adventure seems like the perfect way. Being a fitness professional, my goal is to inspire wellness. My husband is an electrical engineer/hardware hacker who wants to inspire his community, both young and old, to wellness. So, this family adventure feels right. Every thread of my body screams for this adventure. We just need to do it right, for all of us.


  • Route: Southern or Northern? East or West? Leaning towards Rt. 20
  • Days of Journey: hoping to complete between 90-120 days
  • Mode of transportation/housing other than feet – tour bus
  • Travelers: My husband and I, two kids, and my parents
  • Have all technology ready to promote our health & tech hangouts
  • List of supplies:
    • shoes
    • juicer
    • Vitamix
    • Vega
    • Orgain Meal Replacement drink or something like it
    • Places to buy and how to keep fresh fruit and veggies
    • Bulk Nuts & Seeds
    • other food
    • water
    • clothes
    • sunscreen
    • baby wipes
    • bikes
    • Necessities for the kids
    • fun activities planned for the kids
    • ASTC Museum Membership (Children’s Museums)
    • Sponsors?
    • Media?
    • Tools to document journey


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2,015 Miles in 2015, WHY?

Why am I running 2,015 miles in 2015? Well, the only answer that I can give is that it makes me feel alive. I’ve been a runner for over 20 years and have raced in the 4x100m all the way to the marathon, and everything in between.




Last year, was tremendous. I set out to qualify for and run the 2014 Boston Marathon to show my support for Boston and the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. I did it and it was beautiful. I had to stop myself from crying nearly every step of the way on that fan-full course. The scene and cheers were so overwhelming, I couldn’t help myself from high-fiving every little kid standing on the sidelines.


Being stricken by the flu the week before the marathon and really struggling to finish the race, I swore I didn’t want to do another one. Two days later, after reading that Team Healthy Kids and Dean Karnzases (Team Healthy Kids Amabassador for the Chicago Marathon) needed some additional runners to join them, I found myself inquiring and signing up for the team and persuading my husband to join as well. Six weeks leading up to the marathon I succumbed to my plantar fasciatis, but my husband stayed strong and was able to compete in the race. Being a contender in the fight against obesity, it was an honor to be on the team and surrounded by such passionate, healthy people.


With a little time off, we decided to give the marathon one more go in 2015 – Foot Traffic Flat in Portland, OR . Just one more chance to post a super awesome time. Being a little sick of road running, I also signed up for the Portland Trail Series this spring/summer. I thought my running calendar would be stacked with super fun running in 2015 and then, 2,015 miles in 2015 came into my life!

2,015 Miles in 2015 was created by Run the Edge, the team of Adam Goucher &  Tim Catalano. In a few days, a few thousand runners have signed up for this awesome challenge. I’m on a FB page dedicated to all of the runners taking part in this and it is truly inspiring to read everyone’s reasons, progress, and excitement AND it’s only been ONE day! Wow!

So I guess running 2,015 miles in 2015 means being a part of community, taking on a different challenge, and sharing in the glories of running with a few thousand people. 🙂


-Keely Grand
What will move you in 2015?



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