An Iowa man accomplished an incredible feat: running more than 5,000 miles from Alaska to Florida.

In early August, Pete Kostelnick began his journey in Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula, the westernmost town on the road system.

His goal was to be the first person to do a self-supported run from north to south, pushing all of his gear in a stroller.

“This run, it was kind of just my own imagination,” Kostelnick said when we caught up with him on the Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm. 

He averaged 55 miles a day and documented his travels online.

Seven pairs of shoes and 5,400 miles later, Kostelnick arrived in Key West, Florida, the southernmost point in the continental United States on Monday.

“Ninety-seven days, six hours and 57 minutes,” he said.

Kostelnick poured a vial of water he collected in Alaska into the Florida surf then poured champagne over his head.

“If it weren’t for marriage, money or winter, I’d run back,” he laughed.

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