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RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

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This is well said. To me, it's clear that this guy can run. He isn't Mike Rossi or Kip Litton-- he has some actual talent and is well-suited for this type of mega-endurance running. The tracker, when it was up, made it look like he was running/walking 50+ mile days while being tracked. That is no joke, especially when you do it on consecutive days. But there's nothing verifiable to suggest that he has ever accomplished anything beyond that or that he would have had any shot at this record had it been an honest attempt.

I agree with this. His results for actual races, on their websites, show he's a legit runner. I am actually kind of o.O at the Race Across America thing where he ran basically 50 miles in a day to get an extra day off, FLEW TO LONDON, ran the marathon in a time which, while not spectacular, is pretty damn amazing considering it was in the middle of a string of daily marathon-distance runs, flew back to the US, and kept going. That is impressive if only for the logistics alone!

But the various falsehoods on his website about his PRs and background (not to mention the ridiculous origin fable in his book, which I read in the Amazon preview) make it totally reasonable to scrutinize his claims during this "record" attempt. In particular, after reading about Adam Kimble, who tried but failed to break this record - it makes me dubious that someone with slower long-distance PRs would have a chance.

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