Lake touches ocean: Ultrarunner Lazarus Lake finishes his cross-country trek

Legendary ultrarunner Lazarus Lake touches the ocean on the Oregon coast after completing his cross-country trek on Thursday, Sept. 13. This photo was posted on his Twitter account with the caption: “Lazarus Lake is not just a man of words. He 'walks the walk.' Today he finished a 3200 mile walk at the Pacific Ocean. He continues to amaze and inspire us mere mortals. (Photo Credit: Mrs. Lazarus Lake)”

Yesterday an aging man walked onto an Oregon beach, approached the ocean and dipped his hands into the water.

The scene doesn’t sound too interesting, except that man is Lazarus Lake and he walked 3,200 miles across the country to get there.

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Lake, whose real name is Gary Cantrell, is the ultrarunning cult hero who Oil City profiled back in early August as he approached Casper during his coast to coast trek.

Lake had long wanted to make the cross-country walk on foot. He felt his last chance to do so was approaching, and decided in May to start walking from the Rhode Island coast to Oregon.

By the time he made Wyoming, he was feeling the strain.

“If I can make it over Teton Pass, I think I can pull this thing off,” Lake told us.

Yesterday at the beach in Newport, Oregon, Lake did indeed pull it off.

With his characteristic dry delivery, Lake posted yesterday on his blog:

126 days 11 hours 41 minutes and 57 seconds after getting my feet wet in the atlantic (newport rhode island)
i got them wet in the pacific (newport oregon)

i think i will take that day off now.

laz

Below are photos of Lake has he walked towards Casper in early August:

Lazarus Lake makes his way along the Old Glenrock Highway towards Casper on Thursday, Aug. 2. Lake, whose real name is Gary Cantrell, is on a mission to walk across the country. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Lazarus Lake puffs a cigarette as he walks along the Old Glenrock Highway towards Casper on Thursday, Aug. 2. Lake, whose real name is Gary Cantrell, is a legend in the ultrarunner community. He is walking across the country, hoping to finish in Newport, Oregon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Lazarus Lake cuts holes in his shoes to make room for his little toe. The need comes from an earlier injury that causes discomfort, according to Lake. He’s on his fourth pair of shoes since starting his cross-country walk in Newport, Rhode Island. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Lazarus Lake walks along the Old Glenrock Highway on Thursday near Glenrock. Lake, well known in the ultrarunner community, is in the process of walking the entire United States starting on the east coast and ending in Oregon. He planned to reach Casper by the end of Thursday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Jeff Manwaring hands Lazarus Lake fluids during a stop on the Old Glenrock Highway on Thursday near Glenrock. Jeff and his wife Carol had participated in one of Lake’s races and volunteered to crew for him during this leg of his cross-country walk. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)