The man inside the costume is Jesse Larios, a 33-year-old California native who works for a firm that sells medical insurance plans. He has accomplished one marathon dressed as Bearsun, a character of his personal creation, however that is his first 400-plus mile city-to-city stroll.
“I’m like a puppy, I guess. I just see something, and I chase after it,” Larios mentioned of the journey, which he determined to do just because it appeared like a enjoyable journey.
His journey to San Francisco, which started in LA’s Little Tokyo the morning of April 12, has already seen a number of unanticipated challenges.
His preliminary objective was to stroll between 30 to 50 miles a day, however parts of the journey are by means of mountainous trails which make that objective extra strenuous than he anticipated. Road closures and the want to reroute solely make it harder for Bearsun to discover his manner to San Francisco.
Bearsun has already confronted many unanticipated challenges in his lifetime.
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While he hoped to make it there by April 17, now he expects to arrive by April 21. But for Larios it is not about when he will get there, simply that he does. Instagram updates hint his progress.
And this journey is a robust one. Bearsun is not staying in resorts, he merely sleeps wherever he finds himself at the finish of the day, “camping” however with none gear. He visits gasoline stations for meals and to clear up alongside the manner.
The delivery of Bearsun
Bearsun was born in 2016 when Larios created him with the assist of a buddy. His colours had been impressed by Larios’ canine, Bear, an Alaskan Malamute. For his “bean” head form, Larios wished to give him one thing distinctive and goofy, like the distinct football-shaped head of the predominant character of his favourite cartoon, “Hey Arnold!”
And the design speaks to Bearsun’s character, too. While Larios is the talker, Bearsun is the listener, he mentioned, which is why he was designed with out a seen mouth on his face.
“Bearsun is very open-minded … he’s more action than words,” Larios defined.
But Bearsun does not want to discuss to ship a message, Larios mentioned, as his very existence is an icebreaker to beginning any dialog.
Larios’ journey with Bearsun has been certainly one of unpredictability and untold challenges — but it surely hasn’t stopped him from pushing ahead.
In 2019, he determined to run a marathon, and he wished to do it whereas dressed as Bearsun.
“I had this goofy idea of just putting on the suit and trying to complete the marathon without ever running a marathon (before) — another impulsive decision that I made,” he mentioned.
It didn’t go nicely.
At the twenty second mile, Bearsun might go no additional, and he pulled out of the race. But Larios was decided to strive once more a 12 months later in 2020. After studying from his earlier errors, this time Bearsun made it to the end line.
Bearsun’s second life
These adventures take a toll on Bearsun’s cheerful exterior — in the type of grime stains and tears that Larios stitches again collectively on his personal.
And he hopes to donate the the rest of the cash to charity, though he hasn’t recognized a company but. Supporting these with out caregivers, like older adults and youngsters, notably evokes him.
“This is what I want to do. I just want to run marathons in my bear suit,” he mentioned. “It makes other people happy too, and I’m all about laughter and smiles.”