ELY, Nevada (PRWEB) June 28, 2002 -

whereas on a run throughout the us of a that started April 23 in l. a. and is about to end subsequent March 14 in Boston on the liberty trail, Bob Alessio e-mails common, weekly reviews to his friends and family by the use of the internet. For Alessio, the run represents a private challenge that has was a novel patriotic undertaking.

however something else is going down for the 57-year-outdated Boston resident as neatly Alessio, a retired computer advertising government, says he is making plenty of new chums almost about wherever he goes, and is selecting up extra data than he had ever expected about history and regional considerations.

“it is sufficient to put in writing a book,he said. “My Palm Pilot is stuffed with on a daily basis’s experiences, who I’ve met, what I’ve seen, and on the subject of the whole thing that has came about alongside the way in which.”

This past night within the historical mining town of Ely, Alessio’s newest associates had been entertained in the county park because the runner shared some conventional fiddle tunes below the celebrities. “be sure you embody us for your email checklist,” a couple of listeners requested.

The week sooner than, on June sixteen right through Gridley Days in tiny Austin, Nevada, Alessio said he’d also shared his fidgeting with extra new pals, this time playing with the house band on the historical international resort. the following morning, he competed in and received Austin’s annual flour sack race.

Afterwards, locals told the Boston visitor the original race was once run between two political candidates within the early 1860s on a chance with the loser having to hold the 50-lb sack of flour on a run through town. The sack of flour was then auctioned off among mining towns as a fund-raiser for the newly created Sanitation Corps that finally turned into the American crimson go, in keeping with historical reports by using Mark Twain, then a reporter and feature creator for the Virginia metropolis newspaper.

In still different small cities along means, Alessio stated he’s found sharing fiddle tunes a soothing approach to finish the day and a friendly technique to meet new people. “I could now not have anticipated the depth of my reference to American history when my plans first advanced,” Alessio stated. “I’ve met and talked with Native American Indians, ranchers, townspeople, native historians, and characters I shouldn’t have met another method. i am really getting a thumbnail feel of Americana, its roots and considerations.”

It used to be on September 6, 2001 that Alessio says he first thought of operating across the us as a “non-public athletic challenge”.

“My original Transamerica plan used to be to run the shortest route between San Francisco and Boston, roughly three,250 miles. i would chosen this route as a result of I’ve always favored San Franciso and the Bay area, and Boston is my house,” Alessio mentioned.

however five days later, after the September 11 terrorist attack on the us, the Boston man’s plans took a flip. “Sep 11 changed my lifestyles. i do know i am not on my own within the deep emotions of patriotism elevated my objectives and plans.” It was simplest then Alessio stated he made up our minds to change his path to unite the entire sites desirous about domestic terrorist assaults including the la Airport, San Francisco Airport, Oklahoma city, Shanksville, Dulles Airport, Washington DC, Newark Airport, NY city and the Boston Logan Airport.

Tuesday, the morning after stopping for a one-day spoil in Ely, located about 250 miles east of Reno in eastern Nevada’s excessive desolate tract united states, Alessio stated he had simply accomplished 1,063 miles on his unique 5,450 mile journey, as he took a spoil to talk in regards to the trip for the primary time in detail.

“once I’m running along carrying my American flag, individuals are asking me what i’m doing. They stop me on the small streets and highways, and even knock on the camper door,” Alessio said. His one-individual strengthen crew drives ahead in an RV to every deliberate destination. Rendezous points and estimated times of arrival keep Alessio in contact with his daughter Sheryl’s buddy, Ray Napoli of Fitchburg, Mass.

“there may be quite a lot of passion in this run and i’m enjoying the opportunity to meet people and give an explanation for my mission in my “Run across American-For Enduring Freedom” (RAA-FEF),” Alessio mentioned.

Alessio stated he’s dedicating the run to the victims and families of the terrorist attack, the emergency response firms including firefighters, police and EMTs, catastrophe relief businesses such as the American purple pass and Salvation military, and to specific improve of america Armed services and products.

preserving center of attention on the significance of freedom, place of origin security, pleasure within the American Flag and the liberties it represents is Alessio’s main purpose, “in order that we ceaselessly understand that the sacrifices others have made to preserve liberty and freedom, and by no means once more take the basic values of the usa without any consideration.”

as soon as a high school and then collegiate athlete, Alessio, who has run the Boston Marathon twice and a few different main operating situations, appeared confident while talking about the run.

“I plan to run to all the carrier academies: the USAFA in Colorado Springs, USNA in Annapolis, Marine Officer coaching heart in Quantico, merchant Marine Academy in Kings level, USMA in West point, and the Coast protect Academy in New London,” Alessio mentioned.

to this point, Alessio has run to and thru quite a few “Americana” geographic and ancient landmarks for instance, big Sur, portions of the historic Lincoln freeway and freeway forty(the first transcontinental highways in the usa), the California “Gold usa”, Donner Park and Memorial at Donner go, U.S. highway 50 in Nevada The Loneliest freeway in america including Fallon where the U.S. Navy and Air drive train their “prime Gun” pilots.

additionally the ancient mining towns of Austin, Eureka and Ely, “where that you may nonetheless see portions of the Overland Stage and Pony specific trails alongside the best of means of the first Transcontinuental Railway, and the place as of late the fiber optic cable is being laid.

The runner said he is on schedule, even beforehand of his plans, giving him time to ship out his weekly e mail file:

“hi friends and family. i’m now in Ely, Nevada, a good looking historical mining city surrounded (all 360 degrees) by means of mountains. daily is a brand new and exciting adventure including the beautiful geography, meeting glorious folks, and getting enthusiastic enhance from motorists, freeway patrol, firemen and townspeople.

“i am averaging 20+ miles per day (with a excessive of 25.1 miles from Davis to West Sacramento, Ca). I’ve lined 1,064 miles to-date (20% of the deliberate 5450 miles), and am feeling nice…no reoccurrences of the early achilles tendonitis, and the toe blister healed!!

“I leave the next day morning for Delta, UT (154 miles = 7 [email protected] miles/day). i’m going to proceed through the identical “vary and basin” terrain that I’ve skilled all across Nevada (mountain levels adopted via basins (valleys that soak up and dry up all the water from the stages). i’m going to go through Connor’s go (6900′) as I cross through the best possible mountains in Nevada together with Wheeler height at 13,063′. i’ve been at or above 6,000′ (including the valleys) for the closing three weeks. This will have to continue through Utah, after which get into 10,000′ terrain when I reach the Rockies in Colorado…great training for my deliberate Pikes top Marathon (14,400′) on August 18.

still coming up for Alessio: the U.S. Olympic training heart in Colorado Springs, Santa Fe trail, bill Monroe’s boyhood residence in Rosine, KY, the assassination websites of three freedom heroes, RFK, JFK and MLK, Jr. in L.A., Dallas and Memphis, the Stephen Foster Memorial in Pittsburgh, Gettysburg, Valley Forge, concord outdated North Bridge, Lexington inexperienced, outdated North Church, and a large number of national monuments and memorials.

“My RAA-FEF Plan now covers 5,450 miles in 288 working days over a 324-day period. I plan to talk over with military bases, firehouses and police stations alongside tips on how to categorical my toughen and appreciation for the numerous americans considering protecting our place of origin and freedom. i am offering to offer displays to high schools, athletic clubs, Boy and girl Scout Troops, group organizations, colleges and universities, along the way in which.

“on account that my RAA-FEF is an expression of patriotism, i’m carrying an American Flag and sporting shirts, jackets and caps with symbols of patriotism together with ‘old Glory,’ armed services, service academies and the brand new England Patriots emblems.

listed below are Alessio’s RAA-FEF Timeline and Upcoming web sites:

Monday April 22, fly to L.A., start the Run on Tuesday April 23 from Playa Del Ray (on the beach south of Marina Del Ray).

The Run will go through 25 states and end in Boston in March 2003. “To my information and research, this RAA-FEF will be the longest steady and the primary patriotic run across the united states.”

Run 20 to 25 miles each day with a time off each 2-three weeks. “If i am feeling strong after the primary four months, i’ll run the Pikes peak Marathon on August 18, 2002 whereas operating during the Colorado Springs space.”

“Cities and towns that I both have run through or are coming up include la, Malibu, Santa Barbara, giant Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Napa, Davis, Sacramento, Donner move, round Lake Tahoe to Carson metropolis,NV, via Utah, Aspen, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Raton move, Cimmaron,NM, Amarillo, Oklahoma metropolis, Dallas, Shreveport, Memphis, Nashville, Bowling inexperienced, Rosine,KY, Louisville, castle Knox, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus.

additionally Wheeling, Washington,PA, Pittsburgh, Shanksville, Gettysburg, Washington DC, Quantico, Annapolis, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Newark, new york, Kings level, West point, Yorktown, Bridgeport, New Haven, New London, Hopkinton, Stow, harmony and Lexington (along battle highway), Cambridge, Boston (alongside the Boston Freedom path) and end at the Paul Revere memorial and Columbus Park in Boston’s North finish.

while the big cities are in reality listed in Alessio’s plans, it is the small towns like Napa and Auburn, California, Austin, Eureka and Ely, Nevada “which have given me some new perspective on historical past and rural the us. I may in truth see the previous trails and highways whereas running Nevada’s range and Basin terrain. These are new experiences that enable me to peer america up shut and private.”

during my RAA-FEF, Alessio says he will take part in the following “Distance operating large Three” (his terminology):

1. “The Boston Marathon” April 15, 2002 — the biggest media-covered single day wearing event on the planet

2. The San Francisco “Bay-to-Breakers Race” (7.6 miles) could 19, 2002 — the largest participation sporting experience in the world ~85,000 runners

3. The Pikes height Marathon¡ August 18, 2002 — “the us’s ultimate problem”.

“at the conclusion of the Run (planned for mid-March, 2003), Massachusetts State Senator Richard Moore has provided to host a reception on the State home in Boston. “I plan to run the Boston Marathon again on April 21, 2003.”

right here is Alessio’s personal history:

fifty seven years outdated, born and raised in New Kensington, PA. Graduate of Washington and Jefferson faculty (AB Physics). dwell in Stow, MA a western suburb of Boston near harmony and Lexington, MA. Married and proud father of a son (deceased), three daughters, and grandfather of 4 grandchildren.

Retired from Compaq laptop Corp. April 2001 after 29 years as a sales and advertising government with Digital equipment Corp. and Compaq. previously employed with the aid of Gulf research and development Corp. in Pittsburgh, PA (5 years) the place I was a Senior analysis Engineer and earned a U.S. Patent.

Volunteer Fireman for three years (1967-1969 evenings and weekends) at Engine firm No.2 in Arnold, PA. Fought a fire through which two young children misplaced their lives. worked with and developed a deep appreciation for emergency response personnel who daily fortify the public. Giving acceptance to their dedication and dedication is without doubt one of the targets of this Run.

Lifelong athlete, together with highschool track, highschool and school soccer, industrial and metropolis league basketball and softball, leisure tennis, snow and water skiing, long distance cycling including a 100-mile ¡°century experience¡±. Coached within the Assabet Valley Little League Baseball program (Stow and Maynard, MA) for three years.

all the time enjoyed the outside including climbing, camping and mountain mountaineering (including Mount Washington a few occasions and Mount Fuji). Eagle Scout, member of the Order-of-the-Arrow and Counselor at a Boy Scout Camp in Pennsylvania all over my high school summer time holidays (13 weeks per summer for three summers). Scoutmaster in New Kensington, PA for 3 years and Stow, MA for 3 years.

started lengthy distance operating in 1975 all through the Frank Shorter and invoice Rodgers working growth ran 4 marathons in Ohio, Pennsylvania and ny in 1978-eighty, the Boston Marathon in 1993, the Bay State Marathon October, 2001, the Sheraton Hyannis Marathon February 24, 2002 and the Boston Marathon again April 15, 2002.

along with athletics, i have been an novice musician for the reason that high school. I Play fiddle, guitar and mandolin in bands including “Roaring Jelly” Contra Dance Band, and “The Heritage String Band” which focuses on Americana track from the mid-1800s including Civil conflict generation and Stephen Foster songs. in the past performed in people, us of a and Bluegrass Bands.

give a boost to:

“along with the beef up of my prolonged family and chums, i’m fortunate to have the day-to-day toughen of a pal of our middle daughter, Sheryl. Ray Napoli of Fitchburg, MA drove my RV throughout america all over the week of April 15, and met me in LA once I arrived on April 22. Ray helps with day by day route planning, using the RV in advance to our next rendezvous point, and working the remaining 3-4 miles with me. Ray can be an newbie musician and songwriter, and we are in a position to spend a couple of hours a week ‘pickin’ and grinnin’.


“Coca-Cola is offering the fluids I need to assure right kind hydration, fast energy recovery and electrolyte stability. I will be the use of Coca-Cola’s “Powerade Liquid Hydration and vitality Drink” and “Dassani Bottled Water” products. in addition to being formulated for superb power recovery, Powerade has outstanding taste that makes it straightforward and fresh to drink the high quantity of sports activities drink i’ll need to maintain sufficient hydration.

“Slim-quick is complementing my foods with their “Meal On-The-Go” Bars and the “Slim-fast Liquid and Powder” merchandise. Per my private diagnosis and discussions with sports nutritionists, Slim-fast merchandise have the suitable ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, plus nutrients and vitamins wanted for long distance and persistence runners.”

Charitable Contributions:

Marge and i determined to have contributions generated via the Run go to “The brain heart” in New Seabury (Cape Cod), MA. The mind heart was once based by using Dick and Eleanor Grace in 1976 to carry science in regards to the brain and its illnesses to the general public be an knowledge heart for distressed families about diseases and head trauma which have struck their loved ones provide research and education in neurological and psychiatric ailments.

Contributions can be sent to:

The mind middle

Promontory point

New Seabury, MA 02649

for additional info in regards to the brain middle,

please call 508-477-5300, Fax 508-477-1616, or ship mail to [email protected]ac.web.

Public family members:

On four/13/02 Bianca de la Garza of Fox news network (Channel 25 in Boston) produced a 4- minute story about my RAA-FEF together with Run goals, route, instruction, and so forth. Fox aired this story in Boston and lots of cities within the U.S. and is planning to quilt the Run via local Fox affiliate film crews across the United States. Fox is also taking into account putting periodic Run updates on their web page Approval and announcement re: site updates is predicted in 7-10 days.

On 5/19/02 I met with Willie Brown, Mayor of San Francisco, prior to the start of the Bay-to-Breakers Race. additionally, on that day I was interviewed by Jennifer Jolly, reporter for Oakland, CA-based Fox community information and by way of NBC information-San Francisco. each interviews aired on San Francisco television on their Sunday evening news applications.

On 6/5/02 I met with representatives of the Governor of Nevada, Kenny Guinn, on the State Capitol in Carson city.

various native newspapers including The Napa Valley Register,The Nevada appeal, and the Fallon Naval Air Station Newspaper, have coated portions of the Run. additionally the Nevada Rural Tourism information Bureau.

Bob Alessio Contact data:

dwelling: 31 Robert road Stow, MA 01775

cellphone (main cellphone): 978-808-5494

residence cellphone: 978-897-1992

e mail: [email protected] (most effective weekly get right of entry to to e-mail after April 20, 2002)

replace: JULY 31, 2002

hi family and friends,

i’m issuing this update from the printed studio of KSNO (assume SNOW!!)

radio station in gorgeous Aspen, Colorado. I was interviewed live

the day gone by, and the station manager supplied me use of his pc to read and ship


As I write this replace, the information room is aggressively overlaying a brand new

mountain and mesa hearth 20 miles west of Aspen that started quickly after I

arrived right here this afternoon. Very interesting to pay attention to fireplace, Sheriff

and Police scanner experiences, property loss updates, evacuation orders, live

on-radio interviews with observers, and the radio workforce scurrying about to

stay on top of the story. aircraft water and slurry bombers are actually

en-path to knock the fireplace down before it becomes some other main hearth.

The West has been experiencing a harmful drought with extreme warmth which

collectively have led to many fires and loss of lifestyles. i’ve seen several of

these fires (flames and smoke, huge and small) in Nevada, Utah and Colorado

all over my run.

on the grounds that my closing update, i’ve run although Utah and midway thru Colorado,

and am now within the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountains at 7,815′. I’ve

been at 5000′ or larger in view that entering the Sierra Nevadas 2-half of months ago.

day after today (Thursday), I begin my ascent over Independence go (12,095′) and

over the nice Divide.

On Saturday, I plan to climb (hike, no longer run) Mt. Elbert, the best

mountain in Colorado (14,433′) as I cross by the trailhead near Twin Lakes,


This morning, I visited the John Denver Memorial alongside the Roaring Fork

River in Aspen. The memorial is positioned on a one acre atmosphere with views of

Aspen Mountain and red Mountain, the river and the canyon leading to

Independence go. The memorial contains about 30 huge white rocks

alongside a stone walkway. The titles and complete lyrics of John’s most

fashionable tunes on about ten of the higher rocks, together with, “Rocky Mountain

excessive”, “Annie’s music”, “Sunshine on My Shoulders”. i must confess, I was a

bit choked-up.

i might prefer to relate a number of situations that came about over the last month:

“The Jackpot” –

As I crossed the Nevada/Utah border on US50 (the “Loneliest highway in

the usa”), i stopped at the best constructing inside 50 miles…a playing

casino on the Nevada facet and fuel station on the Utah aspect (lower fuel taxes

in Utah). Two days later, as I used to be drawing near Delta, UT, a pick-up truck

went by me traveling east. I watched it do a U-flip in the highway and are available

back on the correct shoulder I used to be running on. as it pulled up, i spotted a

woman riding and two males within the front bench seat. the woman asked why i am

working with a flag. I defined, and she or he stated “well that is our fortunate

day!, that you can have $ 20, a Bud, or a Mountain Dew”. I explained that I was

taking donations for the brain middle. As she reached into her pocket and

pulled out a wad of $ 50 buck payments, she mentioned she had simply hit the jackpot

for $ 1600 again at the border.

She gave me a $ 50 bill whereas the man within the heart requested if I now wished a

Bud or the Mountain Dew. I defined that I keep my beer consuming for the

finish of the run and ordinary the Mountain Dew (it was sizzling, about 115o F). We

talked a bit of more, I asked them to prevent at my camper about eight miles down the

road to get a flyer describing my Run. We said just right-by, they U-turned again

east honking and shouting Patriotic messages. Later once I received to my

camper, I discovered that that they had stopped, picked up the flyers and left two


“The Bull” –

while operating east thru stunning Salina Canyon in primary Utah on

parallel frontage and fireplace roads, I approached a concrete tunnel below move

underneath I-70 (I had prior to now handed thru 6-8 such tunnels with no incident).

As I approached the tunnel entrance from the north, i noticed a bull walking

from side to side within the mild on the south facet of the tunnel. i ended

in brief to look if the bull would leave the area it did not. I gathered my

braveness and endured working into the tunnel, just on the time the bull

decided to run against me at at a quick gallop. i stopped, he then stopped,

and we each iced up about 30′ aside inside the tunnel. I started backing up

(I really wish to full this Run across america), and rapidly later the

bull backed out on the south finish. I again gathered courage and ran through

the tunnel only to search out the bull on the dust highway fenced in on each side

(I-70 fencing on the left and mountain canyon fencing on the precise). The

bull decreased its head, stared at me, and began the suitable foot pursuits i might

best in the past viewed in the movies and on television. at the same time, a huge

brown cow began down the mountain slope towards us bellowing like she was once

calling for others to help her bull pal. The bull determined to run east

about 70-80 yards, so I endured east. He stopped, i finished. He began

running east once more, I followed. This persevered for 10-quarter-hour for over a

mile. presently, i am thinking that the bull is most definitely extra scared than

i’m (but no longer by using so much). It stopped again and the rest of the herd (bulls

and cows) had been coming at me down the mountain from the southwest. Now i’m

in reality concerned. My options were to check out to run previous the bull, retreat west

(I in reality need to finish this Run operating east with out repeating so much of the

route), or climb the 5 foot barbed wire fence between the filth street and

I-70. I chose the latter, and climbed the barbed wire with minor scratches,

climbed the embankment to the highway, ran alongside the eastbound left shoulder

past the bull down below. a couple in a automotive on I-70 stopped and requested if I

wanted assist, I defined that i believed the whole lot was once below keep watch over. The

lady gave me a bottle of water, they wished me neatly and drove off. I ran

go into reverse the embankment, again over the barbed-wire fence, and regarded back

on the bull (finally in the back of me!!) staring at my each move. My Polar heart

fee monitor indicated one hundred sixty BPM, some distance larger than common!!

there are lots of different tales I may relate, however i’ll save them for a ebook I

simply may write.

additionally seeing that my closing update, Nike signed on as a sponsor, offering operating

shoes (i’ll go through 10 pairs) and operating apparel including the water

resistant breathable fits that i’ll need as I run during the fall and

wintry weather.

one thing that I’ve now not up to now talked about: as I run on the shoulders of

roads I see American Flags, mostly tattered and torn, which have blown off

cars. I just can not leave them mendacity within the filth and weeds. To-date, I

have picked up eleven flags of all sizes, cleaned them up, and have them

putting in my camper (27-half’ category C RV).

also, on the advice of the fireplace and Police Chiefs in Boulder Creek, CA,

i’ve been amassing fireplace, police and sheriff workplace patches on the

stations i’ve stopped at to precise my thanks and strengthen for their work

I now have about 40 patches hanging within the camper. i’m going to show the WDC and

NYC emergency aid organizations the patches when I run via their

cities subsequent January and February, and categorical the ideas and support of

the emergency relief other people and electorate I’ve met with alongside the best way.

Ray, my daughter Sheryl’s pal who was once with me for 2-half months from L.A.

to inexperienced River, UT needed to return to help with his dad’s landscape and

nursery business. Ray used to be a super help all through the early element of this Run

and used to be a key motivator in having Sheryl join us for every week in Nevada.

after I came into Grand Junction, CO I heard that John Sommers (John Denver’s

fiddler and writer of “Thank God i am a country Boy”) was once acting at a

native vineyard and winery. I attended, an met John Sommers who requested me to

talk about my Run all over his second set. I then met Bruce Crumley and Judy

sport (Bruce’s sister-in-law) who showed great pastime in my Run and it’s

targets. They supplied to make stronger me from Grand Junction via Aspen

(they have got been Aspen and Aspen space residents for 20 years).. they have got

now offered to give a boost to me to at the least Colorado Springs, and possibly beyond.

thru their contacts, Bruce and Judy have organized about 20 radio, tv and

newspaper interviews over the last 10 days.

Albert Brien and Tabby, pals from Albert’s “Fiddlers’ Loft” in Kingston,

NH are planning to talk over with me in Colorado Springs for a couple of days as I relaxation and

recover from my planned working of the Pikes peak Marathon.

smartly for these of you continue to studying, thanks in your toughen and e-mails.

be happy to ahead the attached and updated phrase file to pals.

i’m off to carbo-load for my Independence move ascent the following day morning.

i will ship along any other replace once I get to Colorado Springs.

very best Regards, Bob

P.S. See for periodic updates (click on September 11 Run)