A Brief Blog Profile: Tight Laces in 50 Places
by Thomas Hynes
Tight Laces in 50 Places is a blog dedicated to one man's quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states. Running a half marathon is its own accomplishment. Similarly, visiting every state in the union is no small feat either. Doing both is unique to say the very least. It's also commendable, awesome and maybe even crazy. Undeterred, blog author, Alberto Alvarez, marches, or rather, jogs forward on this journey of endurance and discovery.
By his own admission, Alvarez concedes that this endeavor won't be done in only a year or two. It'll probably take several. Oh and also, it's 51 places. DC may not get Congressional representation or a star on the flag, but they do have half marathons! And, so just to be safe, he ran one there, too. He has also run races in Delaware, New Mexico, New Jersey, Minnesota, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
If you include DC in this endeavor, Alvarez will have run 668.1 official race miles when all of this is said and done. And, obviously, he will have run all those additional miles in training. What's more, he will also have seen the country and written a pretty great blog along the way, too. And, really, it hardly matters if he gets to all the states. It's the trying, the effort that resonates. After all, it's not about the destination, or in this case, the finish line. It's about the journey. It's about the run.