My name is Ernie Andrus and I am running coast to coast. (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. in August of 2016 (I'll be 93 then).
This feat is being undertaken to raise money for the LST 325 SHIP MEMORIAL, INC. The LST 325 is a World War II-era naval landing ship used by the US Navy and Greek Navy. I was one of the crew that brought the LST 325 back from the Isle of Crete, Greece to the US in 2000, 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 donate now.
As of July 10, 2016 I have ran 2,533.81 miles in 956 hours, 49 minutes and 13 seconds, running 3 days a week.
411 legs, averaging 6.16 miles per leg, 18.49 miles per week. Average pace 22:39.
I am now running out of Homerville, GA on Hwy. 84 with about 100 miles to the finish.
Will finish at the Coast Guard Station on Saint Simons Island Saturday morning, August 20, 2016. (One day after my 93rd birthday).
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Destination: St. Simons Island near Brunswick, GA
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