Across the country in 80 days – to run a marathon

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IT’s a route that makes the “ordinary” 26.2-mile marathon seem like a jog to the shops.

Steve Pope and Chris Finill left Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, on August 17 this year.

Their route then took them through California and the Yosemite National Park to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains into Nevada.

After crossing into Utah, the pair ran on through Colorado and the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains to enter Nebraska, before reaching Iowa where it was scorching hot even in early October.

Their route then took them through Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, by which point hot sunshine was replaced by freezing rain.

Heading further east, the duo encountered heavy snow in Pennsylvania before reaching New Jersey and then New York in time for the marathon last Sunday.