Barefoot runner rests in Raleigh on 12,000-mile journey

Posted September 9, 2013
Updated September 10, 2013

Joseph Michael Kai-Tsu Liu Roqueni

— Imagine running barefoot across two continents.

That's exactly what Joseph Michael Kai-Tsu Liu Roqueni is doing to raise money for several education foundations, including The Edible Schoolyard Project in New York and New Orleans.

Roqueni is taking three years to travel 12,000 miles from Montreal to Argentina. He runs about 20 miles a day, four to five times a week.

He stopped in Raleigh Monday night to rest for a couple days before journeying to Wilmington.

Roqueni said he wants people to know that things that seem impossible have to be attempted to be achieved.


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  • mrlee34 Sep 12, 2013

    Oh inspiring!! NOT

  • Inside The Beltline Sep 10, 2013

    "Another person with too much time on their hands"

    So says the person with a clown name and uses their time to comment on stories where humanity and goodness are the theme.

  • Inside The Beltline Sep 10, 2013

    "I don't get the point shoes"

    How many people in our own neighborhoods cannot afford shoes, then multiply that by our state, our nation, our planet.

    And he is raising the money for a worthwhile cause. Of course it is easier to sit back in the lazyboy and criticize.

  • AX MAN Sep 10, 2013

    I don't get the point shoes

  • bizarro Sep 10, 2013

    Another person with too much time on their hands

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 10, 2013

    At least he doesn't have to worry about his shoes getting stolen here.

  • colinmb123us Sep 10, 2013

    AirBorne Daddy - you do realize that it isn't 12000 miles between Canada and Argintina also, right? Anyone with a slight bit of common sense would/should realize that it is a fund raiser and the path will not be a direct one and will include stops in as wide an area as possible to increase awareness to the cause. If this was some feeble attempt at humor, it didn't work.

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  • NoObamaCare Sep 10, 2013

    I think his GPS is a little off; how do you end up in Raleigh/Wilmington on your way from Canada to Argentina? I do respect what he is doing and the cause though!

  • Scubagirl Sep 10, 2013