My E.G.G.S.perience on a 48 Hour, 50 Mile Challenge
February 12 @ 9:30 am
My E.G.G.S.perience on a 48 hour 80 mile challenge
Hike 20 miles around Burr Oak Lake in 12 hours? Add the wildcat hollow backpack loop for a total of 40 miles in 24 hours? Add another lap around Wildcat for 60 miles in 36 hours? Or do two 40 mile loops in 48 hours! The Emma “Grandma” Gatewood Solstice (EGGS) hike challenge is an annual hiking challenge held at Burr Oak State Park around the Summer Solstice in June. The challenge hike is to hike 20, 40, 60 or 80 miles in which participants have a maximum of 12, 24, 36, or 48 hours to complete. Come hear how Randall has successfully completed the 20, 40, 60 and finally the 80 mile challenge on his fourth attempt. His three abandoned attempts at the 80 mile challenge were thwarted by tropical storms, flooded trails, saturated mud and heat exhaustion. With each attempt he has learned more and more. Randall says he is not a super athlete, just stubborn and willing to push himself to his limits to find out where that is.
Randall began hiking the 1,400 mile Buckeye Trail (BT) in Ohio in November 2008. After hiking a little at a time on weekends, he finished the trail in its entirety on May 20, 2017. Because the BT shares about 875 miles with the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT), he was on his way to completing the NCT in Ohio and made that a goal. Since then he has not only completed the NCT in Ohio but has also finished the trail in Pennsylvania. He is currently hiking the trail in New York and Michigan as time permits, racking up a total of 1,531 miles on the NCT to date. He has also hiked all of the American Discovery Trail (ADT) in Ohio and Kentucky. Randall is from Cleveland Ohio and currently resides in Strongsville, Ohio with his wife Beth. His son and daughter were both married in 2021 after COVID delayed the planned 2020 weddings. Randall is a veteran of the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps where he served 12 years on active duty and 9 years in the Navy Reserves including one deployment to Iraq. He is currently employed by the City of Oberlin as their City Engineer. He is a board member of the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) and Chairman of his local Crooked River Chapter of the BTA. In addition to the EGGS challenge, he has participated in the A-100 challenge in the Allegheny National Forest, hiking 50 miles, the “Crucible Hike” on the Laurel Highlands Hiking trail (70 miles in 3 days), and walked 100 miles from Xenia to Milford and back in 48 hours dedicating the walk to suicide awareness and mental health.