Making stops all over the California coast, Palocsay stopped in
Laguna Beach on Tuesday with only eight miles left to the finish
He started from his home in San Francisco and he ended at the
Healing Odyssey office in Laguna Hills.
Having previously run other marathons including the John Muir
Trail (220 miles in eight days) a race from Badwater to Mount
Whitney, and four 100-mile races, this 534-mile trek has been the
toughest run he has ever done.
Palocsay started planning this run in January, and he drove the
course a few weeks ago to plan his stops and to make hotel
He ran solo most of the way, but he had support from his friends
"My friend Mona Gutirrez ran with me for two days from San Luis
Obispo down to Lompoc," Palocsay said. "And my girlfriend, Melissa
Landeros, came out with my car to support me from Santa Barbara till
"This is over twice as far as I have ever run in one stretch
before," said Palocsay "It's definitely the hardest one by far."
He arrived in Laguna Beach injured but still motivated to get to
the finish line. Two miles into the stretch from Lompoc to Santa
Barbara, he pulled his Achilles tendon in his left heel, but this
just made him more determined to finish.
"I couldn't run the stretch from Santa Monica to Huntington
Beach," Palocsay said. "The pain really is excruciating. In normal
circumstances, I don't think I would even be walking at this point."
Changing his shoes three times, listening to music while he ran,
and always staying hydrated helped him push through the long
"This is my third pair of shoes," Palocsay said, "I had to cut
holes in them to relieve the pressure."
He had three main goals for the run.
He wants to powerfully honor his mother, Sue Adams Palocsay, who
died of breast cancer in 2000, and his grandmother, Clarisse Adams,
who died of lung cancer in April.
His second goal is to raise funds for Healing Odyssey, the
organization that he says enabled his mother to live with dignity,
humor, and strength as she fought her aggressive form of breast
And his last goal is to bring awareness -- to women cancer
survivors and their families -- of the program offered by Healing
Palocsay plans to write a journal on his experience and post it on