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My name is Ben Clagett, and I’m a Colorado Springs native who loves walking! I have completed two walks across America. In 2015, I successfully walked from Virginia Beach to San Francisco. Over the course of 191 days, I connected 3,250 miles worth of steps. In 2018, I stepped my way from Portland, Maine, to Seaside, Oregon, covering 3,402 miles in 150 days.
In early November, 2020, I will attempt my third crossing of the U.S. This journey will begin at the Pacific in San Diego and end at the Atlantic near Jacksonville, Florida. I am hoping to walk the “Southern Tier” in four to five months. Crossing the Northern, Middle, and Southern sections of the U.S. on foot has been a lofty goal of mine since I began planning my first walk in 2015. I am 3,000 miles away from accomplishing the feat!
As a walking advocate and “addicted walker,” I know that I am incredibly blessed to attempt this crossing. My goal during this journey is to inspire people to walk for 60 minutes every day, take tangible “steps” towards achieving their long-term goals, and experience growth during the process.
My life has changed and evolved significantly since I began my first walk in 2015. By the time I was 30, alcohol had taken over my life. It became apparent I couldn’t reach my full potential if I continued drinking. On May 14th, 2017, I began a new chapter and committed to sobriety. With the help of my incredible family, support system, and a network of others in recovery, I have stayed sober for three-a-half-years, and counting. Walking has been one of the most valuable tools I have utilized in sobriety.
Walking daily promotes my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It is a meditative, thought-provoking, and relaxing process that calms my mind down and allows me to connect with my Higher Power. My outlook on life has changed and I have experienced significant growth as a person. Walking has been a key contributor to that growth.
Though walking can have a different results for different people, the long-term physical and mental benefits that result from regular walks are unquestioned!
There is incredible power in “taking steps” every day. Whether I’m walking or performing a series of small, beneficial actions, my recovery gets stronger. Focusing on taking these small steps has become the driving force of my life. Actions like praying and meditating, journaling, attending meetings, even making my bed every morning, eventually lead to big changes and growth.
I hope that my third walk, life in sobriety, and my ongoing challenge to “take a step today” inspires and encourages you to take small steps every day in order to achieve your goals and grow.
As I make my way east across our beautiful country, I’ll share stories about the people I’ve met on the road, what it’s like to live simply on two feet, and how walking has positively impacted my life.
My sincere hope is that my journey inspires you to use walking as a tool to grow as a person. I challenge you to walk. Walk for better physical health. Walk to cope with loss, depression, anxiety, or addiction. Walk for spiritual progress. Walk to reconnect with the world around you – and yourself in the process. Take a step today. You’ll be amazed at where those steps can take you!