One man is “walking on water” for a good cause.
On Saturday, a strange vessel washed ashore the beach in Central Florida. It turned out to be marathon runner Reza Baluchi, who attempted to run across the water in a plastic bubble to raise money for charity, FOX 35 News reports.
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"My goal is to not only raise money for homeless people, raise money for the Coast Guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department. They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people,” Baluchi told the outlet.
Baluchi had to abort his latest mission and return to land after realizing some of his backup equipment was missing, reported the NY Times.
His personal goal is to continue pushing human boundaries by running from Florida to Bermuda and onward to New York in a hydro pod that looks like a human-sized hamster wheel. He documents his attempts on the website Run with Reza.
"I will show people anything you want to do, do it," he said. "Don't listen to anyone. Chase your dreams."
Baluchi’s journey on the water started back in 2014 when he had to be rescued from a Hydro bubble near St. Augustine. Two years later, he had to be rescued once again off the coast of Jupiter, Florida during a second attempt in the bubble in 2016.
Despite his risky endevours, Baluchi's makes sure the bubble journeys include safety precautions. Reporter Gina Laspina, who has been covering Baluchi’s bubble journey for years, said he always “runs” with a GPS tracking device so his friends and family know where he is at all times.
"He’s a survivalist, he can survive anywhere for days and weeks,” she said. “He's got food, he's got water, he's got everything he needs to keep him safe."
Baluchi’s story is one of dedication and fortitude.
"I’ll never give up my dream," the bubble enthusiast added. "They stop me four or five times but I never give up."