MINOOKA – Former Minooka Community High School student Adam Kimble had a dream to break the Guinness World Record for fastest crossing of the U.S. on foot.
But what he found, and now shares with others, was so much more.
“After I knew I wasn’t going to break the record, my mission was to inspire and encourage people all over the country and world to shoot for big goals,” Kimble said. “We had so many people reach out to us on the run and show us what big goals they were trying to reach and how we inspired them.”
On Tuesday, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Minooka Intermediate School spent the morning with Kimble as he talked about his travels, his failures and how his run can relate to everyday life.
“I learned to keep going even in the hard times in life and continue to do what I love to do,” fifth-grade student Morgan Troyner said.
The students were encouraged to follow the three Rs, which teach them to be respectful, responsible and ready. Kimble, being a former Minooka student, connected his experiences as an ultra marathon runner with those principles.
Kimble spoke to the students and offered his advice.
“Respect the process, if you believe in it and feel called to do it, don’t give up. Be responsible for how you respond and your actions, you are in total control of yourself, exercise patience. You need endurance to reach a goal. Say you want an A in math, you need to work hard and be ready for class and learn to overcome obstacles,” Kimble said.
Fifth-grade student Caden Breier said he was encouraged as he listened to Kimble’s presentation.
“I thought it was really cool to connect the three Rs because that is what we learn in school. I also have football coming up and I need to begin working hard to train and persevere through struggles I may have,” Breier said.
Kimble began his journey Feb. 15 in Huntington Beach, California, with a goal to run to New York City. After several injuries, Kimble took it easy and redirected his journey to have a final destination of Tybee Island, Georgia. Kimble, along with his wife, Karen Kimble, and two crew members made the trek in 60 days and covered 2,484.1 miles, a bit shy of the 3,000 he hoped to finish.
“You guys have to be willing to adapt your goals. If the initial goal isn’t achieved, set another goal,” Adam said.
Adam’s former Minooka Junior High School physical education teacher, Mike Lanahan, stopped by for a visit.
“Adam was always a great athlete, especially in baseball, but I remember how much he would complain about having to run the mile in gym class. It’s cool to see what he is doing now,” Lanahan said.
Adam said he has plans to publicly speak and life coach.
To learn more about Adam Kimble visit www.adamkimble.com