When Adam Kimble dreams, he dreams big. One of his large-sized dreams brought him through Statesboro earlier this week, on foot, on the final leg of his walk from one ocean to the other.
Kimble and his crew left Huntington Beach, California, Feb. 15 and arrived at Tybee Island Thursday. It was the culmination of a dream, though slightly deviated from his original conception.
Kimble sets goals and accomplishes much. His first 5K run after college graduation led to a half marathon that led to an ultra-marathon that led to three top-10 marathon wins.
A travel adventure in Chile with his wife, Karen, in 2015 led to a dream of running the Pan-American Highway from top to bottom, and that dream morphed into attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of America from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic on foot by a male.
Joining his crew in the attempt were his wife, Karen; Clayton Dorge, route navigator; Charlie Kaye, videographer; Josh Mohr, fellow ultrarunner; and married couple, Adam Nubern, a Statesboro High 2005 graduate, and Lindsey. The Statesboro Herald last caught up with the Nuberns when they visited Southeast Bulloch High School last year to speak of their 17 months of travels around the world.
Shortly into the adventure, however, Kimble experienced injuries that quickly made the Guinness World Record goal unattainable. Undeterred, Kimble and his crew changed the end destination from New York to Tybee Island, shortening the distance.
Though he knew he couldn't beat a record, he continued to push through the pain and difficulties to meet goals for his cross-country walk. One of those goals was to raise awareness for i2P, or Impossible to Possible, a nonprofit that seeks to educate, inspire and empower the next generation with high-adventure activities to push beyond their perceived limits and accomplish the "impossible."
As for personal goals, Kimble said, "I want to inspire people all over the world to pursue their passions. To trust in the call given to them, accomplishing things they never thought they could do. Anything is possible with faith and hard work."
"These guys know I've had my share of low moments on the trip, but one thing's for sure: My faith has never wavered that this was God's plan for me," he said. "The community of people I've met and how we can all grow in this faith journey together - it's bigger than the journey itself. We steam-rolled through.
"I prayed a lot for, if it be God's will, to take the pain and injury away," he continued. "But God's work was being done more so through the pain."
Kimble's perseverance has inspired many, from family and friends to total strangers who have followed his social media posts.
"I have a Bible verse on my website, John 14:13: ‘And I will do whatever you ask in my name, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.' That's opened up a lot of conversations all across the country," he said. "That's taken on a spiritual tone which is so much more important than all this."
Classrooms, like one in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, changed their curriculum to follow Kimble's journey. And with more than 11,000 followers on his social media pages, Kimble is bound to have inspired others to follow their dreams.
Kimble and his crew started most of their days at 4 a.m., with Kimble walking or jogging alone or with someone from the group. The others drove ahead 5 to 7 miles in two campers to find an appropriate pit stop. Kimble stopped there to rehydrate and sometimes get in a quick nap before starting again.
The longest distance he covered in one day was 76.32 miles.
The other bearded Adam, Adam Nubern and wife Lindsey have their own high-adventure lifestyle, called Nuventure Travels, and call themselves "digital nomads," meaning they take their work along as they travel. Adam works remotely as an accountant, and Lindsey is writing a book. The couple will be featured on HGTV Monday night at 8:30.
Where will the Kimble and Nubern adventures go from here? That's undetermined, but the couples plan to keep dreaming of adventure and travel - they just won't be going anywhere until the blisters heal.