I got to run with him for a few miles which was fun.
I got an email from LetsRunner Steeltownrunner that Phil McCarthy was going to be coming through NYC today on his way to completing his Run Across the USA.
When I realized he would be coming through my neighborhood I figured I'd have to check it out.
30 minutes before he hit my neck of the woods I txted Steeltown and next thing I knew I had my work clothes in a backpack and I was in running towards the Hudson River trying to meet up with Phil and crew as they came through NY.
The live tracker wasn't working great and Steeltown told me Phil had already passed where they were waiting and was likely around 80th street. That's where I was.
I expected a big entourage but instead as I looked for him, I saw a guy in a yellow long sleeve shirt come shuffling by. There was a guy on a bike trailing him but there was no supplemental gear so i wasn't sure it was them. Then I saw a woman in front of them who was talking to them. As he came by I almost said "Hey are you the guy running across America" but it just seemed a bit strange to say to someone.
Phil had to make a pee break in a restroom (he lives in NY so he knows the ins and outs of the city) right after going by me and that's when I confirmed it was him.
I started running with the group which soon swelled as other members of the NY ultra scene joined Phil. Most gave him a big hug or high five and then Phil kept doing what he had been doing for 49 days- running. Steeltown runner gave me a running history of ultra running in the world.
I asked Phil a few questions, trying to figure out what motivates someone to run across the country, and Phil said he always wanted to do it. Good enough for me.
I followed them until 34th street and veered off heading back home.
Many transcontinetal runs end at City Hall in New York, but Phil wanted his to be coast to coast. So he went by City Hall and then kept going to Coney IslGand where he complete his run.
Not sure who took the first one. It was sent to me on WhatsApp
Guy in jeans would soon start running
This being NY I saw a nun on rollerskates
Guy on bike I talked about
Live tweet I made while running with them.