Pave Your Lane

Running through America to empower people to find and follow their passions

Katie's Run Across America 2009

Katie Visco's Run Across America
March 29, 2009 - December 29, 2009
  • INSPIRE people across America to find and follow their passions.
  • EMPOWER individuals to connect to what gives them life and pave their own lane to pursue it, while making a positive impact on the world.
  • MAKE HISTORY as the second youngest female ever to complete a solo run across America, and exemplify the pursuit of a dream.
  • FUNDRAISE for and PROMOTE, Girls on the Run, a worthy charity that empowers young girls through running.


Major Locations en Route:
Boston (START), Providence, New Haven, New York City, Allentown, Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, South Bend, Gary, Chicago, Quad Cities, Iowa City, Kansas City, Topeka, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and San Diego (FINISH).



Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman

  • I am running across America to inspire people to pursue their passion in life! I have a mantra, Pave Your Lane, which represents the idea of finding your passion, and pursuing it - you do not need a scripted track or "lane" paved out for you to do this. YOU are the one who will pave your OWN lane, and you can do so with your passion as your guide. Don't be afraid! Your passions (yes, you can have more than one!!!) are an expression of who you are, and we are meant to follow these callings. This is what I want to inspire and empower people to do - pave their own lanes in life. I am using my run across America as a bold example of how I am paving my lane in life - taking one of my deep passions (running) and applying it by doing something, in this case, out of the box. You will be empowered when you can realize who you are and what it is that gives you life, because, at least for me, that is when I can best give back to the world. I believe that by harnessing your passion, you will be a happier person, and the world needs radiant souls who can shine some light on others. I truly believe that there are endless possibilities for those in search of living a whole, radiant life, particularly through unleashing their passion. Find yours! Follow it! Pave Your Lane inspires the pursuit of dreams, and empowers mind and heart-fueled passion and action. By running across America, I will exemplify this mantra to the world, shining the light on the importance of following your heart, passions, and dreams.

Katie's Run Encompasses Three Main Elements:



Katie Visco will be the second youngest female ever to run 3,200 miles across America. People are welcome to join Katie in stride along the way.

Katie will be stopping to speak at local schools and events, and with running clubs, community groups, and individuals about the importance of living a passion-driven life and acting on dreams. Also, in an effort to catalyze human interconnectedness and community in America, she will be meeting, breaking bread, and staying with many hosts en route. Katie will be raising funds for Girls on the Run, an international nonprofit that empowers young girls through running. She will meet up with local GOTR chapters to run and speak with the girls.
the journey of 3,200 miles begins with a single step


This is the overview of my route, from start to finish. Starts in Boston, MA and ends in sunny San Diego, CA! See below for more specific segments of the route:

Boston, MA - New York City, NY

New York City, NY - Warren, OH

Warren, OH - Glen Ellyn, IL (HOMETOWN!)

Glen Ellyn, IL - Salina, KS

(Salina, KS - Dodge City, KS on Highway 56)

Dodge City, KS to San Diego, CA!!!

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See my mileage covered and upcoming destinations below:
  • Boston, MA - Start March 29th, 2009
  • South Attleboro, RI - March 31
  • Providence, RI - April 1 (will also spend April 2 in Providence)
  • Cranston, RI - April 2
  • Escoheag, RI - April 3
  • North Madison, CT - April 9
  • New Haven, CT - April 11
  • Danbury, CT - April 15
  • New York City and NJ - April 18 (through 23rd)
  • Stroudsburg, PA - April 29
  • Allentown, & Wilkes-Barre, PA - May 1-4
  • State College, PA - May 13
  • Youngstown, OH - June 2
  • Akron & Cleveland, OH - June 3-4
  • Oberlin, OH - June 6
  • Toledo, OH - June 11
  • Gary, IN - mid June
  • Chicago & Glen Ellyn, IL - June 28-July 5
  • Iowa City/Quad Cities - mid July
  • Kansas City and Topeka, KS - late July/early August
  • Dodge City, KS - early September
  • Albuquerque, NM - Mid Oct
  • Phoenix, AZ - November
  • San Diego, CA - December 29, 2009!
The run was made possible by the following sponsors:

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