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Old 03-15-2019, 07:59 PM
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CBS News March 15, 2019

Saint Simons Island, Ga. No one wants to feel like old news, like their glory days are gone. But Ernie Andrus says that's exactly how he felt in the months after his celebrated, record-breaking run.

Back in 2016, then 93-year-old Ernie became the oldest person ever to run across America -- from San Diego, California, all the way to Saint Simons Island, Georgia. A huge crowd joined him at the end, as the World War II sailor stormed the beach to fervent chants and flying colors. It was pure joy.

That all happened about two and half years ago. Today, Ernie still runs for exercise and still dreams of the glory.

"I was running three days a week, but it's the same old thing. And I just got a little bored," he said.

He recently got so restless, he decided to do something remarkable. On Saturday, at the age of 95, Ernie will return to the Georgia beach where his run ended -- to start a new run back across the country.

His last run took three years. He expects this one to take a little longer and hopes to reach San Diego sometime after his 100th birthday. The man is nothing if not an optimist.

"I've got all the runs planned clear up to 2025," he said.

Just like last time, Ernie is dedicating his run to the LST. That's the same kind of ship Ernie served on in the war. There's one left, and it's open for tours in Evansville, Indiana. He's running to raise money and awareness.

"A ship's like a person, you know, we call it the grey lady," Ernie said. "It's part of my soul."

He's honoring his naval past by steaming toward the Pacific. In his wake, Ernie will leave behind all the proof you need that you can sail into the sunset without ever surrendering.

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WOW good for him
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Best of luck to him in his run across the country. Hope all goes well without any incidents.
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Bravo Ernie! I couldn't run to the end of my driveway!

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Once upon a time in my early 20's I thought I'd ride a bike across the U.S.
THEN I drove from Texas to California. Miles and miles of nothing but more miles!
I really don't know how anybody can do that, it makes me feel weak just thinking about it.
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If it gives him a reason to go on, good for him. I hate running, All those years in the miltary, Fk that. I exercise but not running. The only place I will run to is the bathroom.
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Tried running but it foams my beer

You go Ernie

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