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Man Runs Entire Blue Ridge Parkway In 17 Days

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 30, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM UTC
Don Lister ran the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 17 days. Photo: Blueridge Today

He did it at 67 years of age.

Don Lister ran the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 17 days. Photo: Blueridge Today

On August 6, Don Lister, a resident of Hendersonville, Virginia, set out for one amazing journey. Seventeen days later, the 67-year-old had run the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway–a length of 574 miles.

“A lot of people do these long ‘ultra’ runs, but I guess the reason my run is unique is because of my age,” he said. “I’m hoping maybe my run will inspire some people. It illustrates that when we get older, we can still be active. We can really accomplish more physically and mentally than we think we can.”

Lister called his feat a “journey run”. He was originally inspired after reading Marshall Ulrich’s book Running on Empty.

“We met, and I bought a copy of his book and got it signed. On the inside cover, Marshall wrote, ‘Don, Dream it then go do it.’ Those are words I’ll never forget,” Lister recalled.

Ulrich’s words inspired Lister to don his running shoes and set out on his “journey runs”.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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