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Walk of Life hits halfway point in Hastings
We all say we all need to get out and exercise. But, imagine walking 4,000 miles in the course of a year.
That's just what one man is doing. He's calling it the Walk of Life. It's a trek from western Canada to the eastern tip of the U.S.
News 5's Lauren Conley walked with Arthur Werner as he passed through Hastings Wednesday. Arthur reached a milestone on his route.
Hastings just so happens to be the half way mark.
The Walk of Life is to raise awareness for a few causes that are very personal to Werner.
"For me, it's like, you know, don't tell me, show me."
Step by step, day by day, 58- year old Arthur Werner is taking a year of his life to walk for a cause.
"I'm showing you by thus far 2,000 miles, just shy of 4 million steps and a little bit over $46 in loose change picked up along the way," said Werner.
He's been planning this for nearly 30 years since his son was diagnosed with diabetes.
"Ever since then, I've wanted to do something outrageous to honor that," Werner said.
He added a new cause to the list a few years ago, after his nephew and mother's husband lost short battles with cancer.
"At that point I took the advice of Red in Shawshank Redemption. 'Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'," said Werner.
He's always been an active man.
"My physician said, no more biking, no more running, but you can walk as much as you'd like. Unbeknownst to him, I had 4,000 miles in mind," said Werner.
That's no easy feat.
His first steps were June 4th in Whistler, Canada. And, he's expecting to cross the finish line in Key West in June.
"I really think he's smart in the fact that we're going south. In South Dakota it got frosty several mornings," said support driver Jim Doran.
Werner usually walks about 80 miles a week. Lately though, he's been reaching up to 120 - extra steps to beat the cold winter weather.
But, at the end of the day, he does have the comfort of an RV to stay in.
"I was going to do it a different way, but I figured at this point in my life I've earned a few creature comforts. So, as long as I've got the bed, shower and football to watch, life is good," said Werner.
Five months in, and half way there, he's still got a lot to look forward to.
The place he's most looking forward to seeing?
The finish line.
The Walk of Life isn't just solely to raise awareness. Werner has put together a list of charities people can donate to for diabetes, cancer and military causes.
You can find those and more information on his journey at www.thewalkoflife.org.
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