American Ultrarunner Kostelnick is most well known for his world record for the fastest coast-to-coast crossing of the United States by foot, in 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes.
The ultrarunner is crossing the United States on foot, a journey that began in Kenai and will end over 5,000 miles away in Key West, Florida.
Channel 2 Reports From The Adventure Of The Ultrarunner Kostelnick
Channel 2 put feet to the pavement to catch up with Pete Kostelnick on Thursday. He was on the third day of his national adventure. He shared his reasoning for choosing Alaska as his point of departure, as well as his passion for the sport.
“It’s more about your persistence and your training than it is about your natural given abilities,” Kostelnick said.
Cars screamed by Kostelnick on the Seward Highway just outside Girdwood, kicking up rainwater from a long, wet day. “I’ve never really been like a sprinter or anything like that,” Kostelnick said. “But ultra-running was kind of the niche that I found when I got into running.”
He says the journey he’s embarking on is a dream come true.
“This run, it was kind of just my own imagination. To start here in Alaska, run along the Alaskan highway. One of my fondest memories was taking a trip here in 1999 with my family when I was 11 years old,” he said.
Kostelnick says the run will take him over 100 days, and every day is worth it.
“It’s just a lot of fun knowing you really worked hard for something, and to kind of look at the map of where you ran and think ‘wow, I just did that’,” he said. “It’s incredible.”
Channel 2 spoke with Kostelnick’s father Charlie Kostelnick on the phone Thursday evening.
He said he couldn’t be more proud of his son, but he isn’t exactly thrilled about the safety concerns that come along with running across the country. Kostelnick plans to reach Key West in early November. After that, he will return to his wife and two cats and potentially hang up his nation-crossing running shoes for good.