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My name is Ben Clagett, and I’m a Colorado Springs native who loves walking!
I have completed three 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. On November 11th of 2020, I began my third walk at Kathryn Abbey Hanna State Park near Jacksonville, Florida. Over the next 122 days, I walked 2,800 miles and arrived at Ocean Beach in San Diego on March 12th, 2021.
As a walking advocate and “addicted walker,” I have been incredibly blessed to successfully cross the country three times on foot. The primary goal during my three journeys was 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 four plus 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 it’s 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 walks, life in sobriety, and the 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.
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!