When an athlete like 52 year-old Diane Van Deren sets out to run 1,000 miles, it’s an expedition that requires a lot of logistics, love and support. It becomes a game of numbers and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Expedition had some impressive totals.
Miles Traveled: ~967.65
Days on Trail: 22
Steps Taken: 1,935,300+
Pairs of Shoes: 13
Highest Elevation: Mount Mitchell: 6,684ft
Lowest Elevation: 0 (sea level)
Number of Nights Camping: 8 or 9? (The team can’t honestly account for where, when, and/or if they slept one of those nights.)
Number of NC Counties: 37
Number of State Parks: 5
Number of Wilderness Areas: 2
Number of Ferries: 3
Number of Tropical Storms: 1
Speed Records Broken: 1
The journey was most certainly an epic one, not only for Diane, but for all the incredible people who were involved in the planning and who guided her on the trail. Many thanks go out to Great Outdoor Provision Co. (Chuck, Amy and all the rest!) It was an amazing collaboration that garnered record-breaking results.