On July 22nd, former Major League Baseball player turned endurance athlete Eric Byrnes jumped in McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall at AT&T Park in San Francisco and swam 7 miles to Oakland then hopped on his bike and rode approximately 2344 miles to Chicago where he transitioned to run the final 846 miles, ending the journey in New York City.
Byrnes’ mission is to bring awareness to the dwindling Physical Education programs in public schools across the country. Approximately 97% of all public schools have gotten rid of everyday PE classes.
Every dollar raised along the way is donated to the Let Them Play Foundation and dispersed directly to different national & local organizations committed to expanding youth physical education & after school activity programs.
Byrnes is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and played 11 seasons in the major leagues between 2000 and 2010. He currently is a broadcaster for MLB Network and has become known for his unique high energy “show me don’t tell me” revolutionary approach to game analysis. Byrnes was recently voted to the Oakland A’s 50th Anniversary Team as one of the top 50 Oakland A’s players of all time and is also a member of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. Byrnes completed his first Ironman Triathlon in 2011 and has now completed 11 full distance Ironman’s and over 20 ultra marathons including the grueling Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run where he earned a highly coveted Silver Belt Buckle completing the race in 22 hours. In 2017 Byrnes qualified for and competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and in January of 2018 Byrnes qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon running just over 3 hours at the Arizona Rock & Roll Marathon. On April 21st, 2018, while taking part in a fundraiser for non toxic treatments for lymphoma, Byrnes played 12 hours of speed golf and set a new WORLD RECORD for most holes played in 12 hours (245) without a cart.
Byrnes resides in Half Moon Bay CA, Lake Tahoe and New York City with his wife Tarah (2002 Miss California USA) and their three kids, Chloe, 9, Cali, 7, and Colton, 6.
The CoursePark Stops, Speaking Engagements, Book Signings & Group Rides and Runs
July 22nd: San Francisco - AT&T Park July 22nd: Oakland, California July 24th: Sacramento, California July 30th: Salt Lake City, Utah August 9th: Omaha, Nebraska August 12th: Dyersville, Iowa August 15th: Chicago, Illinois August 20th: South Bend, Indiana August 24th: Toledo, Ohio August 28th: Cleveland, Ohio September 3rd: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 12th: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 16th: Old Yankee Stadium, New York City