Saturday, July 18, 2015

Where's Aprylle Gilbert Now?? Route 6 brings long-distance runner to Gretna NE

From the Gretna Breeze/Omaha World Herald In Eastern Nebraska

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A California woman has reached the halfway point in her 3,652-mile journey along U.S. Route 6 and is expected to reach the Gretna area on Monday.
Long-distance runner and singer/songwriter Aprylle Gilbert entered Nebraska on July 7 and averages 30 miles per day, which will place her in the local area sometime over the weekend or early next week.
The resident of San Jose, Calif., began her journey on May 11 in Long Beach, Calif., and plans to continue to Provincetown, Mass.
Gilbert would be the first person to run U.S. Route 6 from coast to coast, according to the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
Her coast-to-coast charity run is in support of Washington United Youth Center in Santa Clara County, Calif., a nonprofit organization providing afterschool care for underserved children.
Gilbert plans to write a book and produce a video of her adventure when the run is finished.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gilbert conquers Colorado on coast-to-coast run on US Route 6!

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Holyoke was a welcome sight for extreme distance runner Aprylle Gilbert because it meant she had conquered Colorado, one of the hardest stretches of her run across the United States along historic Route 6.
Holyoke Mayor Orville Tonsing, pictured second from left, presents Gilbert with a commemorative Holyoke coin and pin as she passes through town Monday, July 6. Also welcoming her are Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary Tomky, at left; Colorado U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association executive director Ken Oltjenbruns, at right; and Holyoke City Council member John Schneider and Holyoke Enterprise managing editor Darci Tomky, not pictured.
Gilbert and her support driver enjoyed a rest and Holyoke’s hospitality while staying with hosts Steve and Cherrie Brown a couple nights this week before heading into Nebraska.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Aprylle is in Colorado - On US Route 6

Endurance runner stops in Rifle

Runner Aprylle Gilbert has been on the rode for quite a while. The San Jose, California area resident departed from Santa Cruz April 26 on a coast-to-coast run intended to satisfy her love of distance running while raising money for disadvantaged youth.
She stopped in Rifle this past Sunday for a brief break from her journey following U.S. Route 6. During her roughly two months on the road, Gilbert said she has been to some interesting places, which has led her to start keeping a list of places she wants to come back and visit in the future. Rifle, she stated, is on that list.
“It’s beautiful,” Gilbert said of the mountains and the Colorado River. “I’ve gotten some great pictures. I want to go river rafting”
Unfortunately, she did not have much time to stick around and explore the area. She is adhering to a strict schedule because, as Gilbert said, she does not want to be doing this the rest of her life.
Originally, she had hoped to run 30 to 50 miles a day, but once she started getting into higher elevations she found it difficult to get to 30 miles in a day.
“I realized I picked the most difficult route possible,” she said.
While Gilbert said she decided to attempt the cross-country journey simply because she loves endurance running, she does have another motive. With help from the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, Gilbert is raising money for the Washington United Youth Center, a program that provides support and programming for disadvantaged children in San Jose. As a teenage runaway who went on to raise two daughters, Gilbert has experienced many challenges in life, according to her page. So far, she has raised just under $3,000.
Gilbert hopes to arrive at the end of her journey in Provincetown, Massachusetts by the end of August.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Aprylle Runs to Helper UT (On Route 6)

Aprylle is making good time on her Route 6 Run for the kids!

She'll be in Helper Utah today.

Here's what I wrote about that area of the country, when I DROVE it in the summer of 2011.

I'm cheering Aprylle on from afar! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Aprylle is in UTAH - Running Cross Country on US Route 6!

Over 650 miles in, Aprylle crossed the Nevada/Utah border on June 3. The folks in Eureka, UT are eagerly awaiting her arrival.
You GO GIRL!!!

Aprylle in Utah!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Aprylle Gilbert! is In Nevada!

Let's all cheer on Aprylle as she runs Cross Country on US Route 6 to Raise Money for Kids in Need!
Way to go girl!!  Drink LOTS of water on this stretch, please. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Singer/Songwriter Aprylle Gilbert Runs Coast to Coast on US Route 6 To Raise Money for Kids; Follow Her Progress

U.S. Route 6 Coast-to-Coast for Kids

Follow one woman’s courageous fund raising event for disadvantaged youth as she runs from coast
to coast along the entire length of historic Route 6 beginning in Long Beach, CA and ending in
Provincetown, MA.

Aprylle Gilbert is an extreme-distance endurance runner from the San Francisco Bay
area. She is best known as a singer-song writer and author, one of the top folk-rock musicians in the Bay

After an May 7, 2015 Hollywood kick-off concert at Hollywood House of Blues, Gilbert will launch a national
charity fund-raising event. Beginning in Long Beach on May 11, 2015, Gilbert’s Charity Challenge Run will
traverse the entire 3,652 miles of historic (old) Route 6, running 30-50 miles per day.

Aprylle is passionate about raising awareness (and money) for disadvantaged young people. Aprylle’s Coastto-
Coast for Kids run was conceived as a way of supporting youth activism by helping Washington United
Youth Center in San Jose improve their after-school programs that build confidence, self-esteem and
leadership skills in local, underserved kids. She encourages “Public Charities” along the 6 to use this special
event to help their own local youth organizations.

Since then, the vision has matured into a way of building a network for community activism across the nation
by challenging like-minded athletes to raise money for local charities by running with Aprylle for a portion of
the distance. However, she will slow to a walk for those families with children who would like to join her.

Coast-to-Coast for Kids is planned in cooperation with the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association ( and
Catholic Charities’ Washington United Youth Center, San Jose, CA. (

You can follow Aprylle via GPS by visiting

Live Tracking: After May 11, Gilbert’s progress can be tracked on live GPS feed on
Chariity Run
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