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Craig Simonson Continues His Quest to La Crosse

Craig Simonson on Day 6 of his journey. Craig Simonson on Day 6 of his journey. |  Photo: Craig Simonson, Instagram

Updated: February 13, 2019 12:49 PM

FOREST LAKE, Minn. - Craig Simonson set out on his trek early in the morning on Saturday, February 2.  The Twin Cities man is running 500 miles to raise money for epilepsy. His goal is $3,000 to be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation's Athletes vs Epilepsy program. 

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"I want to inspire people to go further than they've ever gone before," Simonson said prior to starting his run. "And if you can do a good thing like a give-back, whether that's with Athletes vs Epilepsy or a cause that you can get behind, I just encourage people to move their bodies and make good health choices."

We have been following his journey on his Instagram page.

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Day One ? Starting the journey was the ultimate father son combo. I had a late start due to low visibility with snow and winds. The next two days I will be able to shift the start times forward a bit but still just listening to the body, taking one day at a time. I walked away with no blisters, or anything that should keep me from having another strong day. A few of yesterday’s challenges were adjusting gear to the temps to keep perspiration steady, some safety route changes, and me tripping over my own trekking poll once ????‍?? not nearly as embarrassing as Friday the news anchor walked over to get my lapel mic and I thought she wanted a hug... she played it smooth and said both were great. Running yesterday was beautiful, I found myself laughing many times, and just happy this adventure is started. I am glad to be out here raising awareness for the @epilepsyfdn and showcasing each night @savasanaepsom which many of you reading this have been a part of. As different as my days are right now, I still am waking up with coffee (honestly coffee anytime), doing a few seated forward folds out on the road as needed, conscious breathing, and focusing on one foot in front of another. I am doing live Bath Talks each night from my account at 9pm CST. I love you guys, see you in the tub ????

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Simonson owns a company called Savasana Epsom, which is how he got connected with the Epilepsy Foundation. He takes Epsom salt baths to soothe sore muscles after he runs long distances, and he learned that people with epilepsy do the same. So he decided it was a cause he could get behind. 

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Day 3: Sometimes Mother Nature puts her hand on your shoulder and tells you to take a seat ?? My body feels great, blisters have been controlled, and was on pace for a day to get ahead on mileage with the body cooperating so well. It was a little frustrating to stop at 17.2 miles today south of Tofte due to low visibility with snow and winds in the evening. It’s not fun to take a seat on the bench when you are in the zone. Either way, we have some nice straight stretches coming up for the 35-45 miles tomorrow and should make for a good night arriving in Two Harbors. Maybe this was just the thing I needed to get my start times shifted forward, and shave for the first time as this Noah’s Ark beard is developing. See you in the tub ??????????‍??????

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Day 11: Finished the night in Forest Lake at 33 miles for the day. Today we break the 300 mile mark, go through St. Paul and began heading Southeast. The body felt strong yesterday, no injuries or blisters. I was slowed down in Wyoming with knee deep snow, and tough road conditions. I spent a lot of time thinking about the people and things that brought @savasanaepsom and myself to where we are at this point. I am grateful for the people I have met in my life, just grateful to be alive. All of this nature has me writing sappy stuff (maybe only the trees). Probably because we are all one ?? Do something kind today.

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Click to learn more about his journey and Savasana Epsom

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