Returning to Normandy less than one year after her record-setting adventure, Run For Currahee, ultra-runner Kathryn Lindquist set out with a new vision and purpose: to honor all Allied troops who fought their way through the region of Normandy in the name of liberty and commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day.
Her goal was to navigate all 100 miles of coastline from Pegasus Bridge in the East to Utah Beach in the West solo, in less than 24 hours. All while carrying an American flag.
On June 5 at 0747, she departed Pegasus Bridge and on her route, battled the seemingly endless cliffs, beaches and causeways that make Normandy as beautiful as it is challenging.
She visited points of interest along the way including Pegasus Bridge, Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, the artificial harbor at Arromanches, the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Point du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Carentan, the lock at La Barquette, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Sainte-Mère-Église.
At 0548 on June 6, Lindquist stepped foot on Utah Beach, ending her journey after 22 hours, 1 minute and 35 seconds of running, completely spent but thankful.
In the process, the D-Day 100 Mile Honor Run raised awareness for the veterans’ organization Team Red, White and Blue and also set a Fastest Known Time attempt for the route on Normandy’s famous Coastal Trail.
Lindquist hopes her record and the reason she ran will be remind people of the sacrifices made on June 6, 1944 and remain for years to come.