“Do not let what you can’t do interfere with what you CAN do” – John Wooden
Mike Ehredt is going to run across the United States.
When he was 4, Mike had surgery on his both of his legs. The doctors took a sliver of his shin and fibula out, then took cartilage out of his ankle to fuse it.
They told him he would never be able to run.
In 2011 Mike ran from the Pacific Ocean in Oregon to the Atlantic Ocean in Maine. A total of 4,424 miles across 15 states.
This August Mike will run across the country again. This time from the Canadian border in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico outside Galveston, Texas, a total of 2,100 miles.
He doesn’t run for politics, for a cause or to promote anything.
He’s running across the country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.
Every mile he runs he plants a flag and salutes it. The small American flag bears the name, rank, age and hometown of a fallen soldier.
He planted 4,424 flags in 2011 and will plant 2,100 flags this August-November. He will reach Galveston, Texas on Veterans Day November 11.
By the time he finishes his second run, he will have run for a total of 6,524 and planted the same amount of flags.
Someone should tell that to the doctor who told him he would never be able to run.