California runner crosses the Four States - KOAM TV 7

California man crosses the Four States during his cross country run on Route 66

Updated: Sep 15, 2010 04:02 PM CDT

John Radich, 56, is running Route 66 from Santa Monica, California to Chicago, and then hopes to make it to Atlantic City to touch the ocean.  The ultra marathoner started his journey on July 4 and has covered 1,700 miles - recording 35 to 40 miles each day.

Radich says he is amazed how preserved Route 66 is in small towns like Carterville, Missouri and was glad to see sites like the 66 Drive in Theater near Carthage.

He says the Four States is greener than California and people are extremely nice.

Radich says the run gives him an appreciation for America.

"I've run across Europe a few times, Australia, Canada," Radich says.  "The United States is the greatest country in the world and following Route 66 has been absolutely incredible - running through the Navajo Reservation in Arizana-New Mexico, running through the panhandle of Texas."

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