Drew Miller, 32, is running from Long Beach, California to Spencer, West Virginia to raise money for the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project. Seeing a friend of his return wounded from a deployment in Iraq and receive extensive help from the Wounded Warrior Project sparked Miller’s desire to start the run.
In the 77 days after he left Long Beach, Miller covered 1,540 miles. His goal was to cover 20 miles every day. That goal, however, become very difficult to meet while running through Arizona, the mountains of New Mexico, and the Kansas summer heat. In addition to benefiting the Wounded Warriors, Miller is helping himself. Weighing 262 pounds when he started his training, and 217 on the first day of his run, he is down to 185 pounds.
Miller runs 4 days a week for 4 ½ hours every day. His mother drives a van along side his run, at which he stops every 5 miles for snacks and water. Miller makes a point to stress he does not walk one step of the journey; he runs every mile.
According to estimates, the 2,400 mile journey should have him in Spencer, West Virginia on Aug. 25, 2011. To date, Miller has raised more than $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, and the donations are continuing to grow.
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