SmartShape's Mike Maczuzak Completes Walk Across USA
SmartShape Design president Mike Maczuzak recently completed the journey of a lifetime to cross a big item off of his bucket list—walking from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean across the United States of America. Maczuzak began the 125-day, more than 3,600-mile journey on March 17, 2016 by dipping his toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island near New York City, and reached Santa Monica Pier where he jumped into the Pacific Ocean on July 20, 2016.
Throughout his journey, Maczuzak retained his role as president of SmartShape Design, remaining in touch with colleagues, clients, friends and family, and took the trip as an opportunity to test a variety of remote health monitoring, fitness tracking and other wearable technology devices , including a few client projects currently in development by his firm.
Mike walked through 15 states along his route, walking from New York to California, hiking up and down the Appalachians from March 28 to April 14 and the Rocky Mountains from June 9 to June 22. He was snowed in mid-June while climbing over the Continental Divide in the Rockies. Some of his favorite parts of the journey were walking along historic canals and emigrant trails, and camping under the bright stars in remote parts of Colorado and Utah.
Mike’s journey began in New York at Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn through to Manhattan where he stopped to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day before continuing on through the following states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California, passing through many cities along the way including Jersey City, Columbus, Indianapolis, Springfield, Denver, Las Vegas, Boonville, Missouri, and Paw Paw, West Virginia. From Las Vegas, he completed the final leg of his route via desert backroads and trails, walking through the southern end of Death Valley near Baker on to Barstow, Adelanto/Victorville, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Granada Hills, San Fernando, Mission Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Bel Air and finally Santa Monica near Los Angeles.
In Maczuzak’s backpack? In addition to a rotation of snacks, and layers for all seasons, Mike carried
high-tech essentials to keep tabs on both his health and business. These included a Samsung Gear S2
smart watch, Vivanta Care heart rate monitor, Vivanta Care activity tracker, Vivanta Care temperature
monitor, Fitbit Flex, Plantronic hands-free talking device, LG hands-free talking device, Anker solar panel,
Anker external battery, TempTraq smart thermometer patch and Petzl Reactik headlamp. He also kept
his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smart phone handy, for calls or glances at the path ahead on Google Maps.
On Mike’s feet? Mike relied on New Balance’s Fresh Foam 1080 cushioned running shoe for the entire trip. In total, he went through four pairs of the shoe (at almost 1,000 miles per pair), although he said he should have used another pair or two be cause he wore these pretty thin, to the point of developing holes in the soles of a few pairs.
At the completion of his trip, Mike donated the Thule Chariot stroller he carried extra water and camping supplies in to St. John’s Health Center Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica , and he plans to donate $1 per mile traveled to the American Heart Association’s Cleveland Heart Walk in honor of the journey.
About SmartShape Design
SmartShape Design Cleveland-based full-service product development consultancy that specializes in healthcare, consumer, commercial and smart/connected products.SmartShape headquartered in downtown Cleveland Ohio, with a second office at Cleveland's Global Center for Health Innovation and a third office in Shenzen,China. For more information on SmartShape Design, visit www.smartshape.design.
About the Global Center for Health Innovation
The Global Center for Health Innovation is a focal point for healthcare conventions,trade shows,and industry-specific meetings, and is home to more than 30 tenant partners, including SmartShape Design,GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Cisco,Johnson Controls,Forbo, and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) along with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.
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