Joseph Michael Kai-Tsu Liu Roqueni is in the Champlain Valley this week in pursuit of an epic journey. On July 2nd, he set off from Montreal on foot to Ushuaia, Argentina.
"It's the last town in the southern tip of Argentina." Explains Joseph. "They call it the end of the world town. That's why my project is called Running to the End of the World."
It'll take him about 18 months and nearly 12,000 miles. An impressive fete but he plans to do most of it in bare feet. Although, when Fox 44/ABC 22 caught up with him near Milton, VT on Tuesday he was wearing Crocs to protect a nasty blister.
What makes someone want to run across 14 countries?
"It's been in my mind for awhile that I wanted to do something very significant in my life." says Liu-Roqueni. "Something profound with a big impact. Something that will inspire people."
While he's running he tries not to think about the next kilometer.
"If I'm thinking ok, I'm just going to run 25 km, I'm not worried about the time. That kind of allows you to free your mind and you can even look around and enjoy a little bit more."
He's pushing himself to find his limit but he's taking breaks as needed; stopping to enjoy some convenience store air conditioning when the opportunity arrises. He says he has about a 300 song playlist as his soundtrack, the beauty of the Americas as his view and one day at a time on his mind.
"I don't want to think of the big picture because if I think that I'm running to Argentina, I'm never going to make it because it's too big. But at the same time, to keep me motivated that feeling the day I'm going to arrive to Ushuaia. That is going to be pretty sure the most incredible feeling I'm going to have in my life."
You can track Joseph's progress at his website RunningtotheEndoftheWorld.com. He's also partnering with and raising money for educational foundations in each country. He's still looking for one in the US.
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