“In the 1957 song 26 Miles (Santa Catalina), The Four Preps describe several ways to get to Catalina Island – “the island of romance” – including joining the Navy, riding in a leaky boat and even swimming across with water wings.
The group didn’t suggest running, but that is what one man tried to do early Friday morning in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor using a giant inflatable bubble.
Iranian-born runner Reza Baluchi is attempting to be the first person in history to run from the mainland to Catalina Island and back inside a specially modified inflatable “Zorb” ball. In the process, he hopes to raise money to build schools for children in impoverished areas of the world and promote his message of peace.
“If your mind is strong, you can do anything you want,” Baluchi said before departing on his approximately 30-mile journey to the island.”