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California-to-New York runner hits Steamboat today

Martin Ilott, a veterinary surgeon from England, takes a break from his 3,084-mile, trans-America jog earlier this month outside of Duchesne, Utah. Ilott reached Craig on Thursday, and expects to reach Steamboat Springs at about 7 p.m. today. Ilott is making the run in memory of his father, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003.
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Read more about the 3,084-mile, California-to-New-York run by Martin Ilott on the Web at: http://www.runxusa.info. Also, log on to his Justgiving charity site at http://www.justgiving.co..., or e-mail martin at: martin.ilott39@bt...

— A man will jog through Steamboat Springs with a carriage today, but there won’t be a baby on board.

It will be a man who started his jog last month in California, and who doesn’t plan to stop until he gets to New York.

Martin Ilott, a veterinary surgeon from England, is running across the country to support Thames Hospicecare, a London-area practice that provides care for patients dealing with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Ilott’s father died in 2003 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The two had planned a trans-America run before the illness took hold.



Now, Martin Ilott is making that run by himself, with just a baby jogger for supplies. He began March 31 in Huntington Beach, Calif., and reached Las Vegas less than two weeks later. He arrived in Craig on Thursday. By jogging from about 9 a.m. each morning until about 8 p.m. each night, averaging about four miles an hour – and walking up some steep hills – Ilott is cranking out 30 to 40 miles a day.

The Boston Marathon is just more than 26 miles.



If his trip goes as planned, Ilott will run more than 100 marathons – using about six pairs of Nike Structure Triax sneakers – before reaching New York in early- to mid-June. His scheduled trip distance is 3,084 miles.

Ilott reached the 1,000-mile mark on Day 23, according to his Web site, http://www.runxusa.info. So far, he has encountered rain, cold weather, steep stretches in Utah, law-abiding highway patrol officers who caused Ilott to divert his route in California, and a number of unexpectedly helpful people.

One of those is Jacques Cazier of Spring City, Utah.

“I was driving to Provo to buy books, stopped at a gas station in Nephi and overheard people giving bad directions to this man,” Cazier said Thursday. “So I decided to help out, and I met Martin. I bought him some coffee and we chatted a bit. When I was driving back through a few hours later, I saw him on the road and thought: ‘How did he travel 13 miles in that time, up a mountain?'”

Out of concern for Ilott’s safety on the road, and out of respect for his endeavor, Cazier caught up with Ilott daily for the rest of the runner’s time in Utah, often bringing him hot meals or coffee.

Cazier called Steamboat Springs City Hall this week with hopes that others could help Ilott along the way.

“Of any friendly town in the USA, I thought Steamboat Springs has to have people who would be interested in this marathon character,” Cozier said. “If somebody wanted to drive out to meet him, that would be really cool. He loves to have people drop by and say ‘hello.’ He also loves to eat chocolate, especially chocolate doughnuts – that’s his energy food.”

Ilott, via e-mail Thursday afternoon, said he expects to arrive in Steamboat around 7 p.m. today, after a 45-mile jog along U.S. Highway 40 from Craig.

“I will be shuffling along the highway all day!” Ilott wrote.

Saturday, Ilott is scheduled to tackle Rabbit Ears Pass on the way to Kremmling.

“I just think for a personal accomplishment, this is amazing,” Cazier said. “This guy is doing a phenomenal feat.”


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