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Man finishes 3-month, Alaska-to-Florida run

November 6, 2018
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Pete Kostelnick runs along Smathers Beach in Key West, Fla., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, shortly before ending a 5,400-mile run from Alaska. The 31 year-old runner began his trek July 31, 2018, at Anchor Point on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and averaged about 55 miles per day. (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — An ultramarathon runner has finished a nearly 5,400-mile (8,690-kilometer) diagonal, cross-continental run that began in Alaska and ended in Florida.

Pete Kostelnick jogged up to a Key West marker designating the continental United States’ southernmost point on Monday.

The 31-year-old Ohio man started July 31 at Anchor Point on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, running without a support vehicle to Florida. Pushing supplies in a three-wheel jogging stroller, he said he averaged some 55 miles per day.

In 2016, Kostelnick ran 3,067 miles (4,935 kilometers) from San Francisco to New York City in 42.25 days.

He said he hoped his feat would inspire others to chase their wildest dreams. He added some people have compared him to Forrest Gump, the primary character in the 1994 film by the same name, where Gump ran cross-country several times.

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Online: Pete Kostelnick, http://petesfeetaa.com/

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