On January 9 and 10, 2019, ultra-runner Todd Aydelotte ran 70+ miles on an overnight run all the way from NYC to Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, Long Island, tracing key sites from Tesla’s extraordinary life as an inventor and electrical visionary.
Watch our favorite highlights from Todd’s journey:
Todd has developed an innovative approach to ultra-running, blending his love for endurance training with his deep interest in NYC history. He has completed a number of “historical ultra-runs,” including The Teddy Roosevelt, a 49-mile run tracing Roosevelt’s homes and achievements in NYC and Long Island and The PT Barnum, a 64.5-mile run tracing the history of Barnum in NYC and Connecticut.
The Tesla run covered several key sites, including:
- The former site of Columbia College on 45th Street, where Tesla gave three historic lectures and demonstrations
- The former site of the Gerlach Hotel, where Tesla once lived and tested his transmission equipment on the roof
- The New Yorker Hotel, where Tesla lived for the last decade of his life
- The Waldorf Astoria, where Tesla lived for many years at the height of the gilded age
- Edison Machine Works, where Tesla briefly worked before striking out on his own
- Delmonico’s, the famed NYC eatery where Tesla often wined and dined potential investors
- The former site of Tesla’s famous lab on South Fifth Avenue, where Mark Twain visited to see experiments
- The Tesla Science Center in Shoreham, former site of the famous “Tesla Tower” and of Wardenclyffe, Tesla’s last surviving laboratory