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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Environmental Fanatic Runs from South America to Alaska ... Barefoot

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Considering some of the insane stories we read in the news these days -- like "Kerry Campbell" saying she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox -- Henry Sanchez's tale about running barefoot from Argentina to Alaska isn't that hard to believe. 

But we still think he's craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy.

What really gets us is that Sanchez, who is reportedly in good health, is doing all this extra running for the environment. Make sense?

click to enlarge Could probably use a foot rub and a pedicure - COURTESY OF MICHELE HARRIS
  • Courtesy of Michele Harris
  • Could probably use a foot rub and a pedicure

He started this arduous escapade in Argentina in June 2008, running from city to city, planting trees across South America and Mexico, where he's already planted seven million trees and recycled more than 2,000 tons of garbage.

He's on his final stretch through Mexico and plans to cross the border into California on August 18, where San Diego will welcome him with a tree-planting ceremony.

South American Forrest Gump - COURTESY OF MICHELE HARRIS
  • Courtesy of Michele Harris
  • South American Forrest Gump
According to one of his sponsors, Michele Harris, a Sausalito resident, Sanchez is planning to run north, passing through coastal cities before he makes a stop in San Francisco at the end of September. His plan is to run all the way to Alaska, recycling garbage and planting trees. 

So we had to ask -- how much running does he actually do everyday? Harris, whose partner Rafael has been helping Sanchez with translating, tells us that Sanchez runs, at the very least, an hour every day, whether it's to a tree-planting event or on his way to the next city. Sometimes, he will run as far as 10 miles, she says. The volunteer firefighter has been staying at firehouses along the way.

It becomes even more impressive when you learn the total number of miles Sanchez has clocked, which is 13,049 over the last four years.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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