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Edmond North coach is literally running the state again

James Strahorn runs along N. Air Depot Boulevard in Edmond last summer during his journey from the Kansas border to the Texas border. [SARAH PHIPPS/THE OKLAHOMAN]
James Strahorn runs along N. Air Depot Boulevard in Edmond last summer during his journey from the Kansas border to the Texas border. [SARAH PHIPPS/THE OKLAHOMAN]

After running 265 miles from Kansas to Texas last summer, Edmond North cross country coach James Strahorn is heading in a new direction.

Early Saturday morning, the Edmond North cross country coach will begin running across the state again, this time from west to east, a distance of 500 miles.

He will start his journey at New Mexico border in the Oklahoma Panhandle and plans to end it seven days later in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

After establishing a running record on his Kansas to Texas trek, Strahorn will try to beat the mark of Tulsa ultrarunner Justin Walker, who in 2018 ran the same west to east route across Oklahoma in 8 days, 11 hours and 52 minutes.

Strahorn had planned to run from border to border in June but decided the weather then would be too hot. It would require more fluids on some legs of the journey than his hydration pack could carry.

As he did last summer, Strahorn has identified stores along his route where he will refuel.

“I will carry enough snacks to eat 400 calories per hour, and replenish those snacks at gas stations,” he said.

He has reserved hotel rooms along his route, which is starting SH 412, switching to SH 51 south of Woodward and running to Tulsa, then taking old route Route 66 to merge back onto SH 412 to Siloam Springs.

His wife will accompany him by car in the Panhandle where there are long gaps between gas stations, but from Woodward to Arkansas Strahorn will be on his own.

Strahorn, 27, plans to run 70 miles each of the first six days and 80 miles on the final day to reach Siloam Springs. He will begin at 4 a.m. each day and stop before dark.

Strahorn, who has competed in eight 100-mile races, said last summer’s border-to-border run helped him improved his performance in ultramarathons.

“It helped shaped my mentality to literally believing a 100 is not so bad,” he said.

Strahorn said he has a goal is to break Walker’s record, but it is not his primary motivation for the run.

“I am going to be humbled to just finish this journey,” he said. “I just do it because I want to. A lot of people can’t relate. Not a lot of normal people would do this.”

You can follow Strahorn’s progress next week at www.strava.com/athletes/39564424.

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<strong>Strahorn [CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN]</strong>

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