NORFOLK- Phil McCarthy, originally from Norfolk and a Norfolk Catholic graduate, is running from coast-to-coast.
Tuesday was a special day on McCarthy’s run as he approached familiar territory, guided by enthusiastic runners.
The Norfolk Catholic Cross Country team ran beside McCarthy for 4 miles upon arriving at Norfolk Catholic High school. A large crowd of faculty, students, and family filled the cafeteria to welcome him back before he makes his way through Nebraska.
His journey began August 21st, 2018 at City Hall in San Francisco, and he will finish at City Hall in New York City.
McCarthy is an elite ultramarathon runner who has run dozens of marathons and ultramarathons around the world since 1997, including many of the world’s toughest and most prestigious races.
He also has a crew member who drives during his trek providing water, food, and a spot in his car to sleep during the night.
A former teacher of McCarthy says he was valedictorian among his graduating class and has always thought highly of him.
Despite having some trouble with his foot, Phil McCarthy recalls how he felt when he advanced towards his hometown Tuesday, September 18th.
His stop in Norfolk marks the 29th day of the expedition. In order to break the Guinness Book of World Records time for a transcontinental run across the United States, he would have to finish in less than 42 days.
McCarthy says he is behind but isn’t going to worry as much. He’s going to focus on running as fast as he can, and is proud of this milestone.
Through it all, positive energy is what keeps him going. He hopes to reach the finish line in three weeks and plans to celebrate with lots of eating, sleeping, and maybe even a beer.
He also says he can be tracked on where he’s been and where he is by going to his website: MccarthyRunningExperience.Com.