Town of Gainesville has 550 miles of public roadways — simply wanting the space between Miami and Charleston, South Carolina — and Ken Brown has seen all of them.

Ken Brown finishes in eighth place on the LifeSouth Race Weekend 5K in downtown Gainesville on Saturday. Brown has spent the final two years working each city-maintained road in Gainesville and accomplished his aim at this morning’s race.

The race begins at the LifeSouth Race Weekend 5K on Saturday in Gainesville.

The race begins on the LifeSouth Race Weekend 5K on Saturday in Gainesville.

The 41-year-old father of three challenged himself about two years in the past to run each city-maintained road in Gainesville. On Saturday, Brown accomplished his aim throughout the LifeSouth Race Weekend 5K.

All that was left? A single block on East College Avenue between Foremost Road and Northeast First Road.

Brown, who moved to Gainesville from Clearwater to attend the College of Florida in 1999, mentioned he determined to run the streets as a method to mix his ardour for working along with his love of maps and geography.

“I wished to see town I reside in, that I work in, perceive it higher, perceive the way it’s linked,” mentioned Brown, who runs between 30 and 40 miles per week.

The Bacon Strip

Although Brown has traveled many roads, he mentioned his favourite stays simply outdoors the doorway to his Forest Ridge neighborhood: “The Bacon Strip,” a hilly 1.7-mile stretch of Southwest sixteenth Avenue between Southwest thirty fourth Road and Southwest sixteenth Terrace.

“It’s acquired medians with crape myrtles that blossom within the spring and it’s acquired sidewalks, which is at all times an important factor,” he mentioned with fun.

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Simply across the nook you’ll find essentially the most tough working in Gainesville within the Florida Park neighborhood, which Brown mentioned has the steepest hills within the metropolis.

Whereas these areas are near Brown’s home, others he needed to journey to by automotive earlier than hitting the pavement.

“Plenty of these I might do on Saturday mornings,” he mentioned. “That’s the one time my household was gracious sufficient to let me go for a pair hours or longer and do my factor. “

Brown mentioned his spouse of 12 years, Priscilla, and their three children — Emmanuel, 11, Elise 7, and Jonathan, 5 — have performed an integral half in his success, and have generally joined him on his runs.

“It’s essential,” he mentioned of his household. “I couldn’t do it with out their assist.”

Considered one of Brown’s extra harmful runs was alongside US 441 headed north towards Alachua.

“That was actually working within the grass on the aspect of the highway with vehicles zooming by at 70 miles an hour,” Brown mentioned. “It was a little bit scary, however I acquired it carried out.

Whereas this most up-to-date accomplishment began only a couple years in the past, Brown has been working for about 5 years. He mentioned his pal Andy Farina, an Extremely runner and private coach, challenged him to run a half marathon.

“He helped me perceive that I did have the power to do it. So, I set out and I skilled and I did it,” Brown mentioned. “After that I used to be hooked.”

Brown’s mapping of Gainesville is only a small sampling of the miles he is placed on his legs over the previous two years. In 2020, he mentioned he logged 1,800 miles, and in 2021 he added one other 1,200 miles. He mentioned he was restricted in 2021 as a result of an damage over the summer time.

Brown mentioned after he competes within the LifeSouth Race Weekend Half Marathon on Sunday, he’ll proceed working however will probably take a little bit of a break.

“I feel I’m going to take it simple. I’ve been fairly centered on this,” he mentioned.

LifeSouth Race Weekend

The sixteenth annual LifeSouth Race Weekend is an initiative of the LifeSouth Group Basis (previously 5 Factors of Life), which supplies training to Ok-12 college students concerning the want for blood donation. The aim is to develop the subsequent technology of blood donors.

LifeSouth Race Weekend concludes Sunday with a half marathon

On Saturday, together with the 5K run, there was a Youngsters Marathon and a well being expo downtown.

Sunday’s half marathon begins at 7 a.m. close to Bo Diddley Plaza on E. College Avenue. The course takes runners by the Hippodrome, Depot Park, throughout the Helix bridge to the College of Florida campus and the “Bacon Strip” hills of sixteenth Avenue and the downtown.

No same-day registration is out there.

This text initially appeared on The Gainesville Solar: Gainesville resident Ken Brown runs each road within the metropolis

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