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January 10, 2010

The Greatest Walkers Of All Time

Robert Sweetgall

Walked through all 50 U.S. states, 365 days, 20 million footsteps, 24 blisters, 7 snowstorms, and 7 nights lodging in jails.

Steven Newman

Steven took a four year, 15,509 mile stroll through 21 nations, around the world, and wrote a bestseller about the trip.

Dave Kunst

First person to walk around the world, 14,450 miles. His brother was killed by bandits in Afghanistan, yet he continued on and finished the journey.

Gary Hause

Gary is walking the world in segments, so far completing 20,116 walking miles and 26,094 miles on a bicycle.

John Muir

After a factory accident temporarily blinded John he walked a thousand miles from Indiana to Florida. Liked nature so much he founded The Sierra Club

Peace Pilgrim

Mildred Ryder spent 28 years walking over 25,000 miles, with no money, walking until she was offered food or a place to sleep, all in the name of a more peaceful world.

Arthur Blessit

How amusing that his name is Blessit, as he walked with a large cross around the world, through 315 countries (do that many countries exist?), 38,000+ miles since 1968 and still walking. Walked on all continents, through 52 countries at war, arrested or jailed 24 times. I read somewhere that when he asks if he can store the cross overnight, dozens of churches have refused but no bar ever has.

Polly Letofsky

Walking to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer, Polly has traversed 4 continents, 22 countries and over 14,000 miles.

Edward Payson Weston

Walked 478 miles in 10 days, 10 hours to see Lincoln inaugurated in 1861, was a few hours late, losing a $25,000 bet, though Lincoln invited him in. Weston went on to walk thousands of miles, 50-100 miles per day, and become a walking champion in competitions of the day, walking into old age, until a taxi cab struck him in 1927, ending his walking career.

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