- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - With the ink barely dry on his graduate degree from Illinois State University, Guillaume Arthus has embarked on a road trip.

Not just any road trip. The native of France, who received a master of business administration degree, is delaying the start of his career as a financial analyst to spend 47 days running through more than two dozen national parks and monuments.

And he intends to record his trip on three GoPro cameras, posting a photo and video blog at www.runningroadtrip.com.

“I want to explore the United States,” Arthus said. “I’m a French citizen; what better way than to see the national parks.”

Arthus, 24, enjoys trail running, particularly long-distance running. His accomplishments include completion of a 92-mile race in Canada.

After coming to Bloomington-Normal, he got involved with the Lake Run Club.

He said the runners he met “were kind of like my second family here. It’s cool to have people who share our passion.”

Gary Savage, a member of the Lake Run Club and friend of Arthus, said, “I think the plan is very ambitious, but knowing his drive, I have full confidence this adventure will be a success.”

Arthus will have three cameras: one attached to a pole on his backpack; one on a hiking stick; and one he can strap to his arm or ankle or place on the trail and trigger with a remote.

He said he wants viewers to “feel the experience” with a variety of shots and points of view.

In selecting his route, Arthus said, “I looked for a diversity of landscapes and ‘can’t miss’ parks. But I also wanted to do some less common ones.”

Among parks on his itinerary are Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain national parks, as well as lesser known Carter Lake National Park and Pinnacles National Monument.

The trip will includes a lot of driving between the parks and about 600 miles of running in the parks, according to Arthus. He has arranged to meet fellow runners along the way “to be able to share the experience and have a run with a strong runner,” Arthus said.

Kevin McCarthy, past president of the Lake Run Club, understands Arthus’ drive.

“For me, the idea of getting to run through some of the most beautiful landscape in the U.S. is inspiring,” McCarthy said. “I feel at peace and so appreciative for that beauty and the experience.”

Andy Williams, another running partner, said, “I wish I was as goal-oriented as he is at that age. … I hope he is rewarded with a truly epic experience.”


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