N.C. State runner has cross country journey

Posted July 20, 2008 5:47 p.m. EDT

A former North Carolina State University runner has been on a cross country journey.

Elena Helmerick, 24, born in Wyoming, has nearly completed a run across America.

Helmerick started in Virginia Beach in April. Averaging about 200 miles per week, Helmerick is now in California. She is expected to finish at the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

During the run Helmerick is raising money for two charities – World Hunger Year and Run Diabetes Run.