Hiking Adventures to the Triple Crown…

I began in 1990, the 8,000 plus miles of hiking at the age of 47, the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, finishing in 2012 at the age of 69.

While I was hiking these trails, my marine friend Tom Knoll, was running hundreds of marathons, ultra marathons and ran across America, first east to west, then, west to east, and finally south to north. Between the two of us, the miles we accumulated would have circled the globe.

Why would we do this? To raise awareness and over a million dollars for our beloved charities.

Tom Knoll was my friend and mentor for 36 years. I was inspired, after reading his book, “WHY NOT A MILLION.” The book described his run across America. Initially, the run raised money for the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital in Hawaii, and later the Sunshine Foundation in Pennsylvania.

His determination to raise a million dollars for these organizations inspired me to join his mission. As a result, I hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail (Triple Crown), to help raise the million dollars.

At the end, it was our dedication, and the support of many wonderful people and organizations, that saw “Why Not A Million” to “Mission Accomplished.”  In 2010, I recall the joy in Tom’s voice, over the phone, when he told me, “FlatFoot, we finally reached a million dollars.” I can picture Tom “running” up to the Pearly Gates in Heaven, and giving Saint Peter a “high five,” and saying, “Semper Fi.”


Generous proceeds from the sale of my book will be donated to the

Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Sunshine Foundation.