Allié: There are so many causes to support. You chose ‘hunger’. What made this your cause of choice?
Shan: Hunger because after the direct medical need from the pandemic, the next most important thing people need is food, which shot up dramatically through 2020. Foodshare is my local Connecticut member of Feeding America.
Allié: It’s hard enough to drive across the country, let alone run across it. What was the hardest part of your journey?
Shan: Overall, the big logistics of getting everything done from day to day between me and my crew chief. Where to stay, how to keep the van in shape, where to get food, clean clothes, a shower etc. From that perspective, running is only one part of each day. From a runners perspective the hardest day was the day after I got food poisoning while running through Indiana. It’s hard to run when you haven’t been able to keep food or water down for over 24 hours.
Allié: Run across the country to raise awareness and funds to end hunger. Check. What box do you plan to check next with your running?
Shan: I am part of Team USA for a race in Australia: 1,000 Miles to Light (www.1000milestolight.com/about) which is a 1,000 mile relay race between Team Australia and Team U.S.A. across New South Wales to highlight the area and raise money and awareness for Reach Out, an organization that supports youth through mental health issues, another important cause in the last year and a half.
Allié: For others inspired by your story who would love to use what they have to do more for others but don’t know where to begin, what advice would you give? How do people find their starting line?
Shan: When doing things this big, you can’t think too much about the finish, it is too overwhelming. It is important to think about the next step, then the next one, then the next. Pretty soon you will be over the horizon. ∎
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