My name is David Chandler and I am 26 years old. I've been running for the past seven years anything from one mile races to 50 miles, Spartan races, and doing my own challenging trail runs down to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon or running to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite. Running has always been a way for me to learn about myself and what I am capable of. I decided to attempt this run across America so that I can test myself; also I have a chance to meet people as I run and be able to share and hopefully receive kindness from stranger's along my route.
The plan is to run from Santa Monica, CA to the Atlantic ocean in NC. The dream is to finish in 110 days, my goal is 120 and realistically I will be happy to finish however long it takes. As I run I'll be pushing a baby stroller with food, water, camping gear and everything I need. I'll be sleeping in free campsites, hoping to get a shelter and shower from kind stranger's, and very rarely a hotel. For my food I'm approaching this similar to a backpacking trip: granola and fruit breakfast: peanut butter tortillas for lunch: rice, beans and vegetables for dinner. I am vegan but I'll be eating similar to how I ate working at SUWS of the Carolinas, just significantly more calories.
After I graduated college I was unsure of what I wanted to do but knew I wanted to help others. I ended up working at a psychiatric treatment facility for a few years. I enjoyed working with the kids there and knew we were helping them there but I wanted to be able to share nature with these kids and spread my belief that nature heals everyone in many different ways. I became a field instructor at SUWS of the Carolinas so that I could share my love of nature with the students. I worked predominantly with the 14-17 year old male drug abuse/ addiction program (Phoenix outdoors). During my years as a field instructor I saw nature teach students so many different lessons in patience, kindness, humility and so much more. SUWS of the Carolinas is the most supportive, caring, teaching, and empowering place I have ever experienced for each and every staff and student that is apart of it. This is why I want to work with Sky's the Limit to be able to raise money to give more kids the opportunity to be a part of such a positive experience.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for helping me pay it forward!