September 30th, 2010
02:08 PM ET

Running 2,000 miles along the Pony Express

Utah runner Karl Meltzer attempts to run the entire Pony Express trail.

Since September 15, Karl Meltzer has run 782 miles.

No big deal. He's got more than 1,000 more miles to go.

The Utah runner, best known for running the entire Appalachian Trail in 54 days in 2008, has taken on his next big challenge.

Meltzer is running 2,000 miles across what was the Pony Express route, crossing the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains from Sacramento, California, to St. Joseph, Missouri. The Pony Express was the primary mail service for the country in the 1860s before the invention of the telegraph.

The 42-year-old is sleeping in an RV each night.

"I wanted to do something that was historic, above and beyond what anyone else has done," he said. "And you've got so much time out there. When I'm by myself, I'm constantly taking it all in, being reminded of how cool it is to do this for a living."

Meltzer's run is sponsered by Red Bull which hosts endurance and extreme-sporting events around the globe.

Meltzer has a paid crew of four people who are making sure he eats mostly fatty breakfasts and carbs and sugar throughout the day. He's running about 7 mph, 50 miles each day. A doctor checks his vitals daily.

Meltzer expects to finish the adventure in late October. You can check his progress at

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  1. dick

    Very impressive! Show some support. Ultramarathons or anything of the like is all about the support. If I could do this I certainly wouldn't be paying for it out of my own pocket.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. StephenJ

    @therunningalien – Whether you find it inspirational or not, you've got to find it impressive. Running 50 miles in a day is way more than running 26.2. Now, see if you can do that even 3 days in a row. Since you've run ultras, you've surely run back-to-back long mile days, so you know how hard it is to go running even after just a 35 mile day. It's also pretty impressive that he is 42, and maybe, depending on your age, a little bit inspirational.
    As for running 2000 miles around a track, well that's just plain stupid. Why would anyone want to do that.
    I think it's real cool the Red Bull is sponsoring him. With all the Red Bull he drinks and all the Red Bull he has at his 50K race, he needs it. I'm a coffee guy, but a Red Bull at mile 34 of a 50 mile race is real nice.

    October 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paul busto

    meltzermatic lookin good captain .just stoppin in to say get em ,tell belz whats up ,

    October 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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