Bill Sycalik - New York, NY
Tepui Tent: Ayer with annex
Rig: 2008 Subaru Impreza with Subtle Solutions lift
Favorite place to adventure: Our National Parks!
Dream travel destination: Glacier National Park
Favorite outdoor activity: Trail running
Up until May of this year I lived in New York City, working as a management consultant every day in Manhattan. I had been there five years but missed easy access to the outdoors. I am an ultramarathoner who most enjoys trail running. Without a car it is difficult and expensive to make regular excursions outside of the city (it is expensive even with a car!)
This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. That gave me the spark to develop the National Parks Marathon Project. I am currently running a self-directed, self-managed, self-measured marathon in all 59 U.S. National Parks. This is my way to celebrate our National Parks, trail running and seeing 59 of the most beautiful places on earth. One of my goals is for someone from the running community to join me on some or all of each marathon. I want to inspire people to break away from the constant chaos of daily life and spend a full day in nature moving like we were intended. I think we live in an overly negative and stressful environment particularly in cities. Getting out into nature revives the spirit, energizes the body and calms the mind. We all need more of that.
I have a 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 5-speed wagon. I added a Subtle Solutions one-inch lift to give me just a bit more clearance for some of the gravel roads I expect to encounter, otherwise it is stock. I bought the Tepui Ayer tent because it fits nicely on the Subaru and provides me the added comfort I need to recover from my marathon runs. It is also extremely convenient and space saving as I don’t use room in the car for a tent and sleeping bag.
My typical process includes finding a campground in or near the park, meeting with the rangers about a course, spending time as a tourist seeing the park and then running my marathon. So far I’ve completed 10 marathons since June 18th and I’ve had seven people run with me (a great percentage!). Also from my blog posts and other social media I’ve been told that I’ve inspired others to get out and run in the outdoors. That’s what it is about. Get out and move and see our National Parks!" -Bill Sycalik