Trans USA World Record Attempt

あちでも、こっちでもスケートでギネス記録に挑戦する人が現れます。今度はアメリカ、元旦に Dan Dannels さんがサンディエゴ出発して大陸横断中です。BONTの日系3世 Glenn Koshi さんからサポート受けているようですが、一般からの寄付も募っています。そのドナーの中に Philly Skate Jam 2003でお会いした Noriko Morita さんの名を見つけました。未だ先は長く、始まったばかりで情報が乏しいのですが、日本からも応援してあげましょう。随時、更新予定です。

Trans-USA World Record Attempt


Speedskating cross country for the Guiness Book of World Records
Danny Dannels wrote:
I love these skates! Aren't they gorgeous! Don't they just ooze speed! Bont just gave me a pair to skate cross-country in. I will leaving from Crescent Beach FL and ending at Solana Beach CA. I get to go skating...... I am also sponsored by Ezeefit, Clifbar, and UNLTDSK8SUPPLY. Thank you for the product support. Your help has made this so much easier. I couldn't have done this without you. I work hard. I play hard. I don't expect anyone to be other than who they are. I've learned to live by a code that makes sense to me. I speed skate with the Texas Flyers Inline Racing Team. I am also the 2006 North American Inline Marathon Series Advanced Male Division Champion. I have only been racing since 2005, but I have been skating inline for at least 13 years and rollerskating since I was a kid. I love to skate fast! Life isn't easy, and it hasn't been. You earn every mile that you live. Make sure that you live every mile.

World record attempt



Hi All,

I've kind of taken it upon myself to try and help Danny out in his quest to skate across America. I've not met Danny and his wife in person yet, but they sure seem like great representatives for our sport. You can read his blog here: blog. Skater4life

All the planning in the world can't make up for a lack in funds. Danny is currently nearing Tuscon, and funds are getting low. LET'S NOT LET THIS JOURNEY END because of a lack of funds. After all, how often is it that we find someone willing to skate 2500+ miles?

Danny has set up a donations page: active.com

If you are not one who trusts sending donations via the internet, I can take your donations also, via credit card, and I'll forward directly to the Dannels. Just email me at glenn at bont dot com.

Please, pass this link to all you know. $5 here and $10 there will add up.

In two days, we've raised $600 for Danny, and that's just whats funnelling through me. On behalf of Danny and Hillary, THANK YOU.

Donors so far, thru me (obviously, I don't know who's contributed directly thru Danny's site):

Catherine Astalos
Noriko Morita
Linus Harth
Sean Ouren
Leslie Sena
Jim White
Ray Stitt
Cherie Pickup
Rollerdome/Adam Kocinski/Mike Cofrin
Asphalt Beach
Lenny Willcox
Jennifer Sorce
Cale Carvell
Kim Perkins
Audrey Winthrop
Noriko Morita
Noriko Morita, the Boston NSP, and her friend
Thank you,

Glenn Koshi
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Woo Hoo!

I may have an ankle with fractures in it, but that's not stopping me. I have been through too much to stop now. You'd have to tie me down to slow me down now.

BTW, I just got off the phone with God, he's going to make it stop raining in my skating corridor so that I can go do my run today. Oh, and the blue birds are singing Zippity Doo Dah, and giant candycanes line the path that I just previewed.....

I may have to get more than 3 hours of sleep today....

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:26 pm
Inline Planet: TRANS USA - almost in Louisiana!!!! (Feb 10, 2008)

Trans Usa - Mississippi On My Mind...

From the blog of the skater in the most pain of any skater I know:

"ategory: Sports

Why did the 'possum cross the road? Because... splat!

I am glad to have had the opportunity to interact with some of the locals here. I have crossed into a different land. There seems to be a higher level of tolerance. Noone knows about skating on my route. Everyone asks the same questions. They all think that I am crazy. Perhaps I am. I am trying to be the friendly kind of crazy.

Us-84 doesn't have a shoulder here. Thank goodness that the road is smooth. I am having to play the on and off game. I only have about 30 miles left before I head south towards Mobile, Al. I'm less than 600 miles from the end of this journey. I'm skating on a different routine now. We skate for around 20 miles and break. It's all that my ankle can handle now. It seems to be a good routine. We aren't previewing routes anymore. We are pretty much locked into a final approach, so we park near where we stop.

I am doing my best to hold it together. I had a pretty bad wreck on the bridge over the Black River back in Jonesville, LA. I hit the retaining wall in an effort to not go face forward on the metal grate surface that is the draw brige surface. My core is still a mess. I'm just glad that I controlled the spin and hung on to the wall.

Every time I put my right skate on now, my entire ankle screams at full volume. It takes several minutes for me to get the laces tied. It tends to work ok after a couple of miles. It's getting those first few in that the hardest. I have been skating on the ball of my foot for a few hundred miles to avoid pressure on the heel. The effects are becoming evident in pain distributing across my arch. The smoother roads here are allowing me to push out with my heel.

Hillary is trying her best to motivate me. Perhaps it is becasue she wants out of the car. I have found her getting frustrated recently when I can't move my ankle. She catches herself and makes ammends. I want to move faster, for both of our sakes. I am trying. I am amazed that I would even continue on this ankle.

There are some parts of this skate that some people may not think about. We just had our first shower since last Thursday. It may seem absurd, but driving an hour to a truck stop that has a shower doesn't make sense. Getting a hotel doesn't makes sense anymore either. We are making shorter runs at all hours now. The luxuries of life seem more so now. I want to feel this clean longer than for the next few hours. That is not my reality. The ladies on my team call me "Mr. Bath and Body Works". That's because using good soaps is one of the few indulgences that I take. I can guarantee that they would not want to draft on me during the majority of this run. I can't believe Hillary puts up with it. She says that she's numb to it. I don't believe her. I think that she's just willing to put up with it. I sure do have a great wife.

I have thought often about what makes me continue. Why should I continue in the face of pain? Don't I realize what I am doing to my body? Is it the record? Is it bull-headedness? Am I as crazy as the people who talk to and laugh with me say I am?

I continue because I am a skater. I love it. I hate it. I can't live without it. I can't imagine not skating. Skating has always meant pain in my world. For the last decade I have lived with taped feet. I have limped when walking more often than not. I struggled every day because of the effects that skating has had on my body. I have skate commuted to work instead of driving my car, in the face of fatigue from the previous day's skate. I have stopped to crumble in the corner at work because my body refused to continue. I have worked all day before going to practice, and then beat the crap out of my body.

I skate because it is who I am. It is who we are. It is perfect Zen. As long as I don't stop, I continue. I skate, therfore I am.
SkateLog Forum: Trans Usa - Mississippi On My Mind... (Feb 20, 2008)

TRANS USA - 200 MILES FROM THE FINISH

HE IS IN TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA ABOUT 200 MILES FROM FINISHING.

I AM NOT SURE OF THE CLOCK - DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY DAYS SINCE HE STARTED.

THE EXISTING RECORD IS REPORTED AS 69 DAYS.

DANNY STARTED (I THINK) SOMETIME EARLY JAN
Bont Skates Message Board and News : TRANS USA - 200 MILES FROM THE FINISH (Mar 6, 2008)
Inline Skating Notebook: NEXT PAGE TRANS US - 67 days 13 hour 45 minutes! (Mar. 8, 208)

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