N.C. State runner finishes cross country journey

Posted July 26, 2008 9:25 p.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2008 3:46 p.m. EDT

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

In 115 days, Elena Helmerick, 24, ran across America.

Helmerick, born in Wyoming, started in Virginia Beach in April. Averaging about 200 miles per week, Helmerick finished Thursday in Santa Cruz, Calif.

During the run Helmerick raised money for two charities – World Hunger Year and Run Diabetes Run, a non-profit group based in the Triangle.