In Ocean Rescue Run

So It Begins

Day 1 – Kate and I drove down to the Mexican border Sunday night. We got as close as we could to the border while still being on the coast. We could see the border wall with search lights where we stayed the night. We heard helicopters flying above us all night. Lots of things were going through our heads, as if the run wasn’t enough. In the morning we took one last picture and off I went while Kate cleaned up the van. Day 1 was hard but nothing was sore and I felt fresh even though some dehydration still lingered from the trip to Mexico. By mid-day temperatures were hitting 32 degrees, we took a longer than normal break around lunch during the hottest time of the day, we’ll be doing this every day.

Completed 58 kms – stayed overnight in Del Mar, CA


Day 2 – Got off to a bit of a slow start in the morning because my alarm didn’t go off. I felt rushed all day and told myself that wouldn’t happen again. It was another hot day. Kate and I spent an hour down at the beach around 1pm just to cool down. It’s really difficult running mid-day. At the end of the day we ended up getting to an army base located just north of Ocean side, CA. With some smooth talking the guards let us run through. We had to finish early because the next section was strictly walk/bike path which lasted for 8 miles. We didn’t have time to complete it so decided to get a fresh start the next day.

Completed 48kms – stayed overnight 10kms north of Oceanside, CA

Day 3 – We got off to the early start we wanted. I hit the road at 5:30am. The first hour was in the dark but still bright enough to see. It was a nice run. This day was beautiful, the scenery was gorgeous. We passed through some awesome towns. People are super friendly here. Practically every other runner and even cyclists acknowledges me and says hi. The day ended at 7:30pm. It was a long haul.

Completed 61kms – stayed overnight in Newport Beach, CA


Icing Up for Day 4!



Friendly Drifter Co-Founder David Pennington began the Ocean Rescue Run on April 18, 2016 in an effort to raise awareness and funds for plastic waste management solutions in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The 2700 km run is expected to take two months and will include the Pacific Coast Highway where ever feasible. If you have the means and wish to participate please visit the Go Fund Me website.  Additional details and more information on our program can be located on our Home and Participate pages.  News and articles can be found on the Media link.

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