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Transcontinental runner coming through Red Wing

Kyle Lang, of West Salem, Wisconsin, is on a cross-country odyssey, running across the United States. He was in Kandiyohi County earlier this week, running along 210th Avenue Southwest, just south of Lake Lillian. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

A runner going coast to coast is expected to reach Red Wing Friday night, July 21. Kyle Lang, 20, of West Salem, Wis., is running from Grayland Beach State Park, on the Pacific coast of Washington State, to Coney Island on the Atlantic coast. It is a journey of 2,967 miles that began June 5. The plan is to reach the Atlantic Ocean on August 18.

He was running near Farmington, Minn., Friday morning.

The run is also a charitable endeavour. Lang is running for three organizations which are very dear to him — Special Olympics New Jersey, Great Rivers United Way headquartered in Onalaska, Wis., and Every Hand Joined of Red Wing, where he served as an intern last summer.

“I’ve had the opportunity to pursue my dreams. That is what these three organizations allow for others,” Lang told the West Central Tribune.

Proceeds donated to Lang’s run will be split between the trio of non-profits.

Lang will leave Red Wing traveling south along Highway 61. His schedule calls for him to run about 40 miles per day. Follow the journey at