Kyle Parkison has far surpassed his goal of raising money for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as he gears up for Monday’s 157-mile border-to-border run across the state of Indiana.
If anyone can achieve such a lofty goal it is the obliging Parkison, the athletic trainer at Monroe Central Jr.-Sr. High School who currently owns a streak of 1,638 consecutive days of running anywhere from three to 20 or so miles a day.
He will be in tip-top shape both mentally and physically when he embarks on a challenge that will requite him to run the equivalent of six marathons over a two-day time frame. He will be accompanied (behind on four wheels) by his wife Makenzie, dad Scott and brother-in-law Caden, who will not only offer much-needed inspiration but provide regular hydration and nutrition.
“KP” will begin his trek on. U.S. 40 west of Terre Haute and follow its course east across the state through Indianapolis and all the way to east of Richmond. He will depart at 4 a.m. on June 29 and hopes to finish in 48 hours.
“I’m hoping I can make it without sleeping, but I don’t know if that’s possible,” Parkison said. “I know I will have to stay hydrated and nourished and I’ll need to rest at some point and take bathroom breaks. But I don’t want to do it any more than I have to.”
Parkison, the huddle leader for the school’s FCA, had set a goal of raising $2,500 through donations for the organization and already far surpassed that with nearly $5,000. “I’ve always wanted to do something that honor’s God’s name, is this kind of struck a chord with me. I know the money will be put to good use.”
Parkison is no stranger to the running world. He was an outstanding runner on Monroe Central’s cross country team before attending and graduating from Ball State University. During his time at Ball State, he made New Year’s Resolution to start 2016 to run every day for a month. After a month, he decided to continue his streak and it has now reached 1,638. While he occasionally runs 10 or 20 miles per day, he’s never attempted this type of cross county run.
So this is some apprehension, but also plenty of self confidence and faith.
As for his ability to actually finish the long run, Parkison is hopeful that his faith and determination will carry him through the expected rough spots. “I will just approach it as one stride at a time. I’ve got some great people who will be with me supporting me and helping me, and my Christian rock music, so we’ll see how it goes. I feel good about it.”
Those wanting to donate can go to ecinfca.org and donate any amount.