Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aprylle Gilbert Will Be in PA Next Week - Nearing The End of Her Extreme Cross Country Run for Kids On US Route 6

Coast to coast: Runner expected to arrive in McKean County next week

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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 am
Aprylle Gilbert is on a mission to run 3,652 miles across the country on U.S. Route 6, and is expected to arrive in McKean County on Wednesday.
Her “Coast to Coast for Kids” campaign is an effort to raise money for programs geared toward disadvantaged children in San Jose, Calif.
“Having runners on Pennsylvania Route 6 is a positive press image for our region,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau. “It helps to raise awareness of their cause, and since our marketing brand for McKean County is ‘Trail Central’ we always appreciate having runners, bikers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts in the McKean County area.”
Gilbert, a long-distance runner and professional musician, began her journey May 11 from Long Beach, Calif., and is heading to Provincetown, Mass., which is at the tip of Cape Cod.
Each day, Gilbert has been running 30 to 40 miles along U.S. Route 6, and she is due to cross the Pennsylvania border from Ohio on Sunday.
By Wednesday evening, she should be in Kane, according to her schedule.
The next day Gilbert is due in Smethport. Plans are in motion for people to walk with her along Route 6, according to Claudia Caminite of the ANF Visitors Bureau and an official with the Potato Creek Trail Association.
That’s the kind of support that Gilbert wants to see. In a statement on her website, Gilbert said she wants to reach out to communities during her trek, invite them to be part of the movement and run with her.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, Gilbert will spend the evening at Inn on Maple Street in Port Allegany. On Friday, she will reach Coudersport and arrive in Galeton that night.
“We would like to show Aprylle how excited we are to welcome her to PA,” said PA Route 6 Alliance Jennifer Rossman in an e-mail. “Thus far, Aprylle has had police and fire escorts arranged for her, mayors, commissioners and other local government persons welcome her into their towns, counties, and regions. We want Aprylle to know how friendly and welcoming we are in PA but we need your help.”
In the past, Route 6 has been the site of long-distance walkers — a writer and most recently a blogger, but Devlin doesn’t remember there being a runner.
For Gilbert, she will be accomplishing a dream of running from coast to coast.
“I am hoping my run will develop connections and build a network for community activism. I want to encourage young people to make health and fitness a priority and inspire them to dream big,” she said.
For more information on the “Coast to Coast for Kids” campaign, see

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Where's Aprylle Gilbert Now?? Route 6 brings long-distance runner to Gretna NE

From the Gretna Breeze/Omaha World Herald In Eastern Nebraska

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A California woman has reached the halfway point in her 3,652-mile journey along U.S. Route 6 and is expected to reach the Gretna area on Monday.
Long-distance runner and singer/songwriter Aprylle Gilbert entered Nebraska on July 7 and averages 30 miles per day, which will place her in the local area sometime over the weekend or early next week.
The resident of San Jose, Calif., began her journey on May 11 in Long Beach, Calif., and plans to continue to Provincetown, Mass.
Gilbert would be the first person to run U.S. Route 6 from coast to coast, according to the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
Her coast-to-coast charity run is in support of Washington United Youth Center in Santa Clara County, Calif., a nonprofit organization providing afterschool care for underserved children.
Gilbert plans to write a book and produce a video of her adventure when the run is finished.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gilbert conquers Colorado on coast-to-coast run on US Route 6!

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Holyoke was a welcome sight for extreme distance runner Aprylle Gilbert because it meant she had conquered Colorado, one of the hardest stretches of her run across the United States along historic Route 6.
Holyoke Mayor Orville Tonsing, pictured second from left, presents Gilbert with a commemorative Holyoke coin and pin as she passes through town Monday, July 6. Also welcoming her are Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary Tomky, at left; Colorado U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association executive director Ken Oltjenbruns, at right; and Holyoke City Council member John Schneider and Holyoke Enterprise managing editor Darci Tomky, not pictured.
Gilbert and her support driver enjoyed a rest and Holyoke’s hospitality while staying with hosts Steve and Cherrie Brown a couple nights this week before heading into Nebraska.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Aprylle is in Colorado - On US Route 6

Endurance runner stops in Rifle

Runner Aprylle Gilbert has been on the rode for quite a while. The San Jose, California area resident departed from Santa Cruz April 26 on a coast-to-coast run intended to satisfy her love of distance running while raising money for disadvantaged youth.
She stopped in Rifle this past Sunday for a brief break from her journey following U.S. Route 6. During her roughly two months on the road, Gilbert said she has been to some interesting places, which has led her to start keeping a list of places she wants to come back and visit in the future. Rifle, she stated, is on that list.
“It’s beautiful,” Gilbert said of the mountains and the Colorado River. “I’ve gotten some great pictures. I want to go river rafting”
Unfortunately, she did not have much time to stick around and explore the area. She is adhering to a strict schedule because, as Gilbert said, she does not want to be doing this the rest of her life.
Originally, she had hoped to run 30 to 50 miles a day, but once she started getting into higher elevations she found it difficult to get to 30 miles in a day.
“I realized I picked the most difficult route possible,” she said.
While Gilbert said she decided to attempt the cross-country journey simply because she loves endurance running, she does have another motive. With help from the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, Gilbert is raising money for the Washington United Youth Center, a program that provides support and programming for disadvantaged children in San Jose. As a teenage runaway who went on to raise two daughters, Gilbert has experienced many challenges in life, according to her page. So far, she has raised just under $3,000.
Gilbert hopes to arrive at the end of her journey in Provincetown, Massachusetts by the end of August.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Aprylle Runs to Helper UT (On Route 6)

Aprylle is making good time on her Route 6 Run for the kids!

She'll be in Helper Utah today.

Here's what I wrote about that area of the country, when I DROVE it in the summer of 2011.

I'm cheering Aprylle on from afar! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Aprylle is in UTAH - Running Cross Country on US Route 6!

Over 650 miles in, Aprylle crossed the Nevada/Utah border on June 3. The folks in Eureka, UT are eagerly awaiting her arrival.
You GO GIRL!!!

Aprylle in Utah!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Aprylle Gilbert! is In Nevada!

Let's all cheer on Aprylle as she runs Cross Country on US Route 6 to Raise Money for Kids in Need!
Way to go girl!!  Drink LOTS of water on this stretch, please.