Tommy Danger Locklin likes living a life of challenge and freedom. He credits the great start he got from his childhood home of Syracuse. He graduated from Wawasee High School in 2000.
“I’ve planned to do a ‘big thing’ about every five years,” said Danger (he’s dropped the Locklin for professional purposes) . “I rode a bicycle across country five years ago. In 2017, I hope to climb Mount Everest.”
This year, he is running across the nation, from Seattle to Daytona Beach. He does these things with others in mind. The run is dedicated to raising awareness for cystic fibrosis — a disease that affects about 70,000 people worldwide.
“I joke that I am professionally homeless,” Danger said. “One way I keep going is by doing work for NASCAR. I follow the circuit and emcee the events.”
He also plans to speak in local high schools as he runs this course. His thinks his witness to a healthy lifestyle is a great motivation for others. He can only commit to a schedule of about a month ahead, but since he doesn’t charge anything, school systems welcome him in.
“When I did the bike tour,” he said, “I spoke in schools ranging in size from 50 students to over 2,000 students.”
His run will begin in Seattle on Sept. 22. His route will take him to Boise, Idaho, Salt Lake City, south to Albuquerque, New Mexico, then east to Dallas and on to Daytona. He plans to run at least 15 miles per day, knowing that some days will include more, and weather can cut daily progress down to nothing. His goal is to be in Daytona on April 20, 2013.
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