2015-08-15 / Front Page

Nearing Potter County

Cross country runner raising money for youth


Historic U.S. Route 6 is the route that Aprylle Gilbert chose to challenge herself, raise money for disadvantaged youths, see the country and inspire others. She reached the Indiana/Ohio border last weekend and is passing through Pennsylvania in the coming days. Historic U.S. Route 6 is the route that Aprylle Gilbert chose to challenge herself, raise money for disadvantaged youths, see the country and inspire others. She reached the Indiana/Ohio border last weekend and is passing through Pennsylvania in the coming days. A runner and musician who is nearing the tail end of a cross-country odyssey is expected to pass through the region in the coming week.

Aprylle Gilbert is running from California to Massachusetts, covering the entire 3,652 miles on foot.

Last Sunday, Aprylle crossed the Indiana/Ohio border and was on course to reach Pennsylvania this weekend. Residents of the McKean, Potter and Tioga County communities along Rt. 6 can expect to see her in the coming week.

A page on the Facebook social media site titled simply “Aprylle” carries a journal of her odyssey. Another website, route6tour.com, also RUNNER contains updated information. She’s running to raise money for disadvantaged children of San Jose, Calif. Gilbert, 45 and the mother of two, has found an eager partner in the Pennsylvania Route 6 Tourist Association. Director Terri Dennison and staff are encouraging local support.

This could range from running alongside Aprylle, providing lodging for her and her support driver, donating to her cause, providing a meal, or hosting a benefifit concert – she’s an accomplished singer/guitarist.

Details are available from the association at 814-435-7706.

Gilbert left California on May 11 She covers an average of 30 to 50 miles per day.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., she dropped out of school, left a troubled home as a teen and hitchhiked west, settling for a time in Arizona.

Later, she and her then-husband lived on a small farm in California, raising their two daughters.

After some emotional turmoil, she turned to distance running for relief and eventually volunteered at the Washington United Youth Center in San Jose, a cash-starved facility that has the potential to touch many young lives.

After identifying the center as her cause, Aprylle set out to train on mountains and trails to the west.

She’s hoping that her arrival to dip her toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Provincetown, Mass., will create a ripple effect that not only helps the youth center, but also inspires others to go the extra mile to help the less fortunate.

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