About Running Lake Michigan

THE RUN

Starting March 14, 2021 Lee is running around the perimeter of Lake Michigan, a distance of a little over 1,100 miles, in 36 days.

This means he will average around 31 miles (50 kilometers) a day, with no days off.

 

Departing on the lakefront path in Chicago, he follows the lake north into Wisconsin and into Door County before coming back out and around into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 

Then he crosses the Mackinac Bridge and heads south thru Michigan until reaching Indiana, and finally coming back up north to the original starting point in Chicago.

Despite having 10 ultramarathons under his belt and completing 505 miles in 31 consecutive days for the 'Calendar Club' challenge, this is by far his most ambitious project yet. 

He is planning to use an RV as a home to sleep, cook, shower, and more throughout the run. As of this writing, he is still searching for an RV to rent or to find someone generous enough to lend theirs for the expedition.

Lee is also searching for someone to drive the RV and be the sole support crew. This person will have the chance to see the beauty of the midwest in spring and help with aspects like: photography, creative social media content, cooking, and most importantly helping ensure we make it back home to Chicago in one piece.

Running Lake Michigan is very much a team effort and this person will be a huge contributor to the success of the journey.

Before, during, and after the run, Lee is raising money for the Alzheimer's Association in honor of his Grandma who passed away in September 2020 after living with Alzheimer's dementia for 13 years.

Interested in learning more, being a partner / sponsor, being the RV driver, or have a potential lead on a RV to use? Click one of the buttons below!

DETAILS AT A GLANCE

  • Running the perimeter of Lake Michigan, heading clockwise from Chicago

  • Dates: March 14 - April 18 (2021)

  • 1,100+ miles

  • 36 consecutive days

  • Sleeping, cooking, and living out of an RV

  • One other person to be the driver and sole support crew

  • Completely plant-based vegan diet

  • Partnering with local & national businesses to help make the run possible

  • Sharing the journey on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube

MEET THE TEAM

Lee Thornquist

Runner & Fundriaser

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Lee is an avid traveler, adventurer, and the one running around Lake Michigan in 36 days while fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association. Completing his first half-marathon in 2018, he quickly fell in love with running and challenged himself with longer and different styles of runs. He has completed 10 ultramarathons, including a 50-miler in Monument Valley and 505 miles in 31 days for the 'Calendar Club' challenge.

Ed Dailey

Running & Training Coach

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Ed began his career as a bike fitter in 2011 and attended Retul University in Boulder, CO in 2012 for his Retul certification. He is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach since 2012 and has raced Ironman 17 times. He is also a 2014 Leadville Leadman finisher and 5 time Leadville Silver King. Ed is a Senior Coach at EDGE Athlete Lounge in Chicago and is currently studying at UIC to be a registered dietitian. 

Riley Ewing

Driver & Support

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Lee is an avid traveler, adventurer, and the one running around Lake Michigan in 36 days while fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association. Completing his first half-marathon in 2018, he quickly fell in love with running and challenged himself with longer and different styles of runs. He has completed 10 ultramarathons, including a 50-miler in Monument Valley and 505 miles in 31 days for the 'Calendar Club' challenge.

Patti Littell

Driver & Support

This could be you! I'm searching for someone to join me on this expedition as the driver of the RV and sole support crew. You'll have the chance to see the beauty of the midwest in spring, help with photography, creative social media content, and ensure a safe journey. Success relies on a strong team effort as challenges are expected, but it's an adventure of a lifetime for everyone involved.

 

Think you might be interested? Contact Lee for more details.

Bruce Thornquist

Driver & Support

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Ed began his career as a bike fitter in 2011 and attended Retul University in Boulder, CO in 2012 for his Retul certification. He is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach since 2012 and has raced Ironman 17 times. He is also a 2014 Leadville Leadman finisher and 5 time Leadville Silver King. Ed is a Senior Coach at EDGE Athlete Lounge in Chicago and is currently studying at UIC to be a registered dietitian. 

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