A 70-Year-Old Navy Doctor Is Walking Across America

A 30-Year Dream Come True

“I first had the idea to run across the United States back in 1990,” says Terrie. But she didn’t act on her dream until she experienced a life-changing medical emergency. In 2016, Terrie had a near-fatal brush with shingles, followed by a life-threatening kidney condition. Terrie was no longer able to run, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream.                           

“I couldn’t run anymore, but I could walk. I realized that if I was going to do it, now was the time,” says Terrie. She began preparing in September 2018, testing her physical limits and training for several months by walking on foot for seven to eight hours a day.

At 70 years old, health wasn’t the only obstacle for Terrie to overcome. She was also afraid of how others would perceive her as an older adult.

“I thought because I was a senior, people would make fun of me because I’m old. I thought I’d go out there and people would say ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ And it’s just the opposite!”

“This is a magnificent country. I don’t think we need to make it great again. I look at all the mountains and the people I’ve encountered on my walk, and everybody has been kind and good to me.”

The information in this article was provided by Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher in an interview on March 25, 2019.

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