In a day and age when many American are overweight and out of shape, it’s inspiring to see people who go out and accomplish incredible feats of physical strength and endurance. While it’s one thing for someone young and in their physical prime to tackle a daunting challenge, it’s another when someone older does it.
Numerous people have run from coast to coast, but now 93-year-old WWII veteran Ernie Andrus has set the record as the oldest person to do it. This weekend, he completed his nearly three year long journey that began at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Andrus served onboard LST-124, a troop carrier designed to bring men and equipment to shore during amphibious assaults, during WWII. He ran across country to raise money for another LST, LST-325, which is the last remaining LST still afloat. His goal now is to raise enough money for LST-325 to sail to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June, 2019.
Talk about the Greatest Generation, man. This gentleman served in our nation’s greatest struggle against tyranny, made a life for himself and his family, and now, in his nineties, ran across the entire country. If this guy doesn’t make you feel just a little bit lazy, I don’t know what will.
Although you probably can’t run across the country today, you can find out more about LST-325 and how to help the cause Ernie Andrus ran for at coast2coastruns.com. Congrats, Mr. Andrus. Thanks for all you’ve done for our country..
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