Riding on a "floating bubble" that resembles a hamster's wheel, Reza Baluchi, 49, had some of his equipment stolen but promised to continue his journey until he achieved his goal.
On Saturday morning, a strange boat washed ashore on Flagler County Beach near Orlando, Florida. It was shaped like a bubble. Both sides and sides were equipped with red and white floats of different sizes. In the meantime, its surface is capable of helping a standing person.
Its entire appearance resembles that of a hamster wheel, and its action is exactly the same as intended by its creator. Raza Baluchi, a 49-year-old ultra-marathonist responsible for its creation, says he plans to run on water from Florida to New York.
Unusual, right? For Baluchi, it is not so much. Indeed, he has been running on water for several years now; he does it to raise funds for charitable causes, but above all, to prove to himself that he is capable of achieving what he sets out to do, so everyone thinks otherwise.
"I will show people that whatever you want to do, do it. Don't listen to anyone. Chase your dreams," Baluchi told FOX 35 News after arriving on the beaches of Orlando.
The man had left Central Florida, but unfortunately for his plans, the strong sea current ended up dragging him to the coast not far from his starting point.
Baluchi set sail on Friday from San Agustín, about 30 miles from the beach where he was found the next day. However, what prevented him from continuing his journey to New York, according to the Flagler Police Department, was that his security and navigation equipment was stolen.
According to the athlete himself, the purpose of his "water race" for the Big Apple is to raise funds that will be donated to charity.
"My goal is just to raise money for the homeless, to raise funds for the Coast Guard, to raise funds for the police department, to raise funds for the fire department.
They are in public service, they do it for safety, and they help other people, "Baluchi told FOX 35 News.
Baluchi, born in Iran and has lived in the United States for years, started running on water in 2014.
That same year he was rescued from a hydroelectric bubble near St. Augustine. His second attempt was in 2016, where he was rescued from a hydro capsule off the coast of Jupiter.
He describes his boat as a floating bubble, which he calls a 'hydropod', a GPS device that lets his family and friends know how to rescue him. Need it
He is a survivor; he can survive anywhere for days and weeks. He has food, water, everything he needs to stay safe," says Gina Laspina. She has accompanied and monitored Baluchi's intrepid overwater journeys for years.
According to this man, he has raised a lot of money in his journeys, but his dream remains intact, and he will not stop until he fulfills it. It should be noted that Baluchi not only runs in the water but is a real-life Forrest Gump, traveling in very long marathons in almost all of the United States.
"I will never give up on my dream. They stop me four or five times, but I never give up," he reiterated.