Ray Russell finishes nearly 400 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway run

Ray Russell finishes nearly 400 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway run (Photo credit: WLOS)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A well known weather forecaster from the mountains passes through Asheville Sunday on his journey to run the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Ray Russell, from Ray's Weather, slowed his pace into the Visitor's Center in Asheville around 9:30 a.m.

At that point, he had completed more than 380 miles. Ray is moving at a pace of about 20 miles a day. He began just outside of Charlottesville, Va. and will end in Cherokee.

It's all in an effort to raise money for the Blue Ride Parkway Foundation and awareness about national parks.

Along the way, he has encouraged folks to run alongside him for legs of the parkway, and many have supported the foundation.

"The scenes we had yesterday, Mt. Mitchell, just the long-range views that we're able to get, and then descending now into the French Broad valley. Every day has been a new experience and it's just been so fun," Ray said.

He estimates he'll reach Cherokee around Thursday.

Follow his blog and stories about his journey by clicking here.

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