“Barefoot Forest Gump” Running To Alaska

Professor Henry Sanchez is known as the "barefoot Forest Gump". He is running to raise environmental awareness. Photo: MMD Newswire

He’s planted seven million trees along the way.

Imagine taking off your shoes three years ago and running across two continents. That’s what Professor Henry Sanchez has been doing since 2008. The self-described Tacolist.com Barefoot Eco-Runner is on a mission to run from Argentina to Alaska to bring awareness about deforestation and the importance of trees. Every town, city, and village that he runs through, Sanchez joins with volunteers and community organizers to plant trees, recycle, and present educational talks.

Professor Sanchez is all about minimalism. He travels with only two shirts and a pair of pants. His journey began June 15, 2008 in Patagonia, Argentina. Thus far, he has recycled 2,000 tons of garbage and planted seven million trees.

A Columbian volunteer firefighter, Sanchez receives free room and board from his brother and sister firefighters during his journey.

On August 18, Professor Sanchez will enter the United States through the Mexican-U.S. border crossing at Tijuana. He will then run to a ceremonial tree planting and official welcome event in San Ysidro, CA.

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