When Ernie Andrus dipped his toes in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday morning, he completed a cross-country run that started in San Diego two years and 10 months ago.
His journey began 7 October, 2013 on the sands of San Diego. He started this run to raise money for a WWII-era ship in Indiana. During his service in the second World War, he was a medic on a similar ship. His goal is to return this one to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing.
Now that he has reached the end, he wishes it wasn't over. "Oh, it's great," Andrus told The Brunswick News at the end, "I'm glad to have finished and met the goal. But I wish it wasn't over." What a champ!
Every morning Andrus would wake up in his motor home, eat some breakfast and then begin his trek. He would run 5 miles and then hitchhike his way back to the motor home, drive up 5 miles and then run another 5 miles. He dedicated every day for the next 3,000 miles to this challenge.
In the final legs of his journey, crowds of people came out to join him and cheer him on. When he arrived at St. Simon's Island in Georgia, he was greeted with a marching band and crowds of people from as far away as Arizona and New York.
"All these people, it's so wonderful," he told local news. "This is great, this is the biggest crowd I have had, ever." Although he has put his epic run to rest, he isn't ready to settle down just yet. Ernie tells local news that he plans to drive his motor home to Alaska where his stepdaughter lives and drive the Alaska Highway.
Ernie is proof that you're only as young as you feel - Check out his interview here!
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