February 10, 2012
Martin Szekeresh did not travel The Way of Saint James as a pilgrim, but the conclusion of his trek at the Cathedral of Saint James was emotional all the same.
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Martin Szekeresh has a thirst for adventure. It is a condition that has plagued him for years and resulted in a treasure trove of memories and stories. He quenches that thirst with frequent visits to the Grand Canyon. In fact, he took a camping trip there the first week of January. Every year, he hikes it from rim to rim on his birthday. Szekeresh is 73. That thirst for adventure has been satiated over the years through events for ultra runners too — such as the Zane Grey 50-Mile Run, numerous 100-mile runs and multiple marathons. A number of years ago, Szekeresh and one of his brothers ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Szekeresh has developed a fondness for Spain and after reading James Michener’s “Iberia” was inspired to return for a different kind of adventure — following The Way (Camino) of St. James. The Way of St. James is a pilgrimage path from Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It covers 503.93 miles across northern Spain.