Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

September 1, 2015

Ernie Andrus, WW II Vet

Today, I enjoyed a lunch time visit with Ernie at Huntington Deli (Dean’s).  It was interesting to hear him tell of his Coast to Coast trip.   Earlier this day he had completed a segment of his walk across America, walking and jogging with small group on Highway 69 south of Huntington near our farm.

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From the web:

My name is Ernie Andrus and I plan to run coast to coast in 2 to 4 years. (Super Senior Coast to Coast Run). I turned 90 in August, 2013. I started by touching the Pacific Ocean near San Diego CA., on October 7th, 2013 and will touch the Atlantic Ocean near Brunswick, GA., two to four years later.

This feat is being undertaken to raise money for the LST 325 SHIP MEMORIAL, INC. I was one of the crew that brought the LST 325 back from the Isle of Crete, Greece to the US in 2000, 2001 as aired on the history channel as The Return of LST 325. One thousand fifty one LSTs were built during World War II. The 325 is the only one left that has been restored and is still operational. Plans were being made to return the ship to Normandy for the D day memorial service (D day plus 70, 2014) and beach it at the same location where it was on Omaha beach 70 years before. The cost of taking this ship across the Atlantic and back is tremendous. Shortage of finances caused the 2014 trip to be canceled. Perhaps we can raise enough money for D Day plus 75 in 2019.

If you’d like to help fund my record breaking trip across America or donate to the LST 325 Ship Memorial fund, please visit the donate page.

Run Progress:

As of August 7, 2015 I have ran 1,668.04 miles in 606 hours, 22 minutes and 16 seconds.
Average pace 21:49. Average leg 6.13 miles. Average miles per week 18.4.
I am now in near Alto, Texas.  (update noon 8/31/15 – Huntington, Texas)

http://coast2coastruns.com/

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