Man dressed as a bear stops during a cross-country run in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man stops in Ohio as part of his run across the United States — wearing a bear suit.

Jessy Larios runs from New York to his home in Los Angeles, California wearing a cartoon bear costume. It’s a character he and his friend designed in 2016 and now he wants to bring the character to life.

The character’s name is Bearsun.

He began this journey on November 5 on the George Washington Bridge in New York, he said. He is now in his third week on the road.

Larios has five rules on his website that he follows during his cross-country adventure:

1.) The bear suit cannot be removed while I am running on the clock. I have to do all the miles in the bear suit.

2.) I can’t ride while running on the clock!

3.) I have to start from every endpoint of the previous day.

4.) Have fun no matter how much it hurts.

5.) If I die, I fail.

On Tuesday, November 22, Bearsun ran 67.10 miles and headed west from Columbus to Murlin Heights, Ohio.

“The body will follow, but the mind definitely plays a bigger role in that,” said Larios. “I feel like my body will just keep going, but my mind is arguably the biggest challenge for me. This and this weight that I carry,” Larios points to his backpack. He estimates the bag weighs between 20 and 30 pounds.

Larios says this is his third attempt at this cross-country run this year.

“No matter how hard life hits, I won’t let it get me down,” he writes on his website. “Come hell or high tide, I’ll take care of it.”

He says the run is dedicated to anyone who has struggled to cope with mental or physical illness or who struggles with fear of starting something.

“I just want to give a little kick to anyone who needs a little push to do things with themselves or to start doing things that they’ve kind of been holding back on,” Larios said. “Fear keeps people from just taking things, just starting with them.”

On his way across the country he noticed some kind of forum built by people who spotted him along the way.

“I’m just walking down this street that the whole community is driving by so it’s going to be like this forum where it’s like, ‘Okay I’ve seen him, I’ve seen him, I’ve seen him, wait, he’s in this town, he’s in. In the other town, he’s been doing this for 20-30 miles, what’s he doing?’”

To find out more about Bearsun or follow his journey across the country, you can follow his Facebook page here.