Five questions

Last modified: Sunday, October 24, 2010
John Lacroix of Epping likes walking and running long distances each year around his birthday for a good cause.

He's raised over $40,000 for various charities the past five years, and he's in the middle of his next project right now: hiking and running from the summit of Mount Sunapee to the summit of Mount Monadnock, a distance of 128.8 miles.

Lacroix, a senior at the University of New Hampshire, hopes his journey will persuade people to donate money to Conservation New Hampshire.

When did this idea begin? In 2006 at 25 I decided I would run twice my age, so I ran a 50 miler in Newport, R.I.

What else in your background prepared you for this? New Hampshire has 4,000 footers, and anyone who goes out to hike that list is called a peak bagger. There's 48 of them, and I finished the 48th in 2004, and I made a documentary film about it and sold 800 DVDs and raised $25,000 for diabetes research.

Why do NH's southern trails and mountains need a plug? People kept hiking Franconia Ridge, and those areas were getting really overpopulated, so in the 1950s they created this list to disperse people to the White Mountains. Now all of those other peaks are over-traveled, and it's a shame because there are so many other places in the state that are just as beautiful to go and hike like the Belknaps.

What is your route? I start on Sunapee and go around on the Sunapee-Kearsarge-Ragged Greenway, then back to Sunapee. That's the first 75 miles, and no one has ever done that in one day. Then I head down to Monadnock on the Sunapee-Monadnock Greenway.

Will you rest? About every three miles I have a crew who are experts at this and helped me many times before. I'll stop to eat and refill my water bottle and go to the bathroom. I'll take a lot of catnaps. I'll sleep when I get to my crew. They'll put me in the car and I'll sleep for 10 or 15 minutes, then I'll get up and get back out right away.