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Runners pass through Utah in nationwide race

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Bob Brown from England gets a cool drink and a word of encouragement from his crew Roger and Jan Randall as he runs through Spring Glen on his was into Helper.

From Huntington Beach, Calif. runners crossed the Mojave Desert ran through Las Vegas and reached Emery and Carbon county last Thursday.

Running across America, the group began June 12 and plan to be in Central Park, New York on August 21. There were seven runners still in the race when they passed through Castle Country.

From Carbon they headed northeast to Roosevelt and picked up US Highway 40 to Steamboat Springs. They will then travel over the Rocky Mountains via Berthoud Pass at 11,315 feet before dropping down to Denver, Colo.

From Denver the run goes due east on US Highway 36 for over 1,000 miles through ranching and farming country to Indianapolis, Indiana. Here the course picks up Route 40 to Columbus, Ohio and then Wheeling, West Virginia and Hagerstown, Maryland.

The last leg will head northeast into Pennsylvania and via Reading to New Jersey and then over the George Washington Bridge to New York City. Runners cross 15 states from LA to New York.

Of the seven remaining runners two are from Japan, two Frenchmen, two Americans and one from England. Four runners had withdrawn before they reached Utah. Three of the runners were raising money, awareness or providing inspiration to causes which include the fight against breast cancer, Country Holiday for Inner City Kids" (a London, England group) and children with leukemia.

Runners are traveling on every conceivable road from Interstate to gravel roads. Where they can they are avoiding interstate. The group ran up US 10 through Emery County, crossed over to Carbonville Road and continued up U. S. 191 to Duchesne Friday.

Each runner is competing against each other and all runners must cover an average of 44 miles each day and must finish each state at a minimum speed of three and a half miles per hour. In Helper the front runner was Bob Brown of England.

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