List of People Who Have Walked Across The United States - Louis Michael Figueroa

Louis Michael Figueroa

Louis Michael Figueroa, age 43, of Tucson, AZ is arguably the most prolific transcontinental journeyman. In 1982, at the age of 16, Figueroa became the fastest and youngest person to run across the United States covering the route from New Brunswick, NJ to San Francisco in 60 days to fulfill a promise to a friend who was dying of bone cancer.

In 1996–1997 he walked from Bangor, ME to San Diego, CA for local AIDS networks in memory of his brother Jimmy, who died of the disease. The walk was plagued by delays due to Figueroa's battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

In 2005, he began a walk around the United States for victims of child abuse. Figueroa walked for six months and covered 6,437 kilometres (4,000 mi) of the 12,070 kilometres (7,500 mi).

On June 4, 2010 Figueroa left from where he previously stopped, 6.43 kilometres (4.00 mi) west of Somerset, PA and is currently finishing his trek around the United States. He plans to arrive in Tucson sometime in late December.

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