2013

The states I traveled in were Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The idea to run across America came to me in 2011. Dad had passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000 and I was into goal setting.

The mission was to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The trip was to be unsupported with me pushing a jogging stroller full of supplies and equipment, and every foot would be on foot.

I left Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah Georgia on January 12th, 2013 and arrived at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, in Monterey, California, on August 26th, of the same year.

Over 50 television, 100 newspaper and 20 radio interviews, set up by the Alzheimer’s Association, raised a lot of awareness. The 24/7 helpline was highlighted. Meetings with legislators, meet and greets at shoe stores, and visits with scientists added to the mix. $27,000 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I pushed the stroller, fully loaded, all but about 20 miles, that I was on foot. Most of the time I ran, jogged and walked from sleeping point to sleeping point. The times I didn’t, folks would pick me, take me to my resting point, and take me back, the next morning, to where they had picked me up the day before. I was on foot from Skidaway Island to Kingman, Arizona, got in the passenger seat of a car and rode to Paso Robles, California, got back on the ground and was on foot to Bubba Gump.