Ernest Andrus was born in August, 1923 in Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas. He spent his early years living on a farm with his parents and two brothers. Later the family moved to California. He lived through the Great Depression and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. During the war Ernie served on a LST (Landing Ship Tanks). After retirement in 1984, he took up running. Ernie was part of a group of shipmates that went to Greece to locate an LST, refurbish it and bring it back to the US on its own power. Today it has a home in Evensville, IN where it is open to the general public for tours. Because of his love for running and his love for the ship, At the age of 90, Ernie decided to run across the United States, from coast to coast to try & raise funds for the ship. Ernie completed his cross country run one day after his 93rd birthday.

 

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Bare Feet to Running Shoes

At the age of 90, Ernie Andrus decided to run across the United States. He’d been running all his life, and it was time to make the ultimate trip, coast to coast.

Ernest Andrus was born in August of 1923 in Wolf River Township, Kansas and spent his early years living, growing, and running on a farm with his parents and two brothers. His first steps weren’t steps at all, but the beginning of a sprint that would carry him through life, from Kansas to California, far overseas, and back to the United States.

He lived through the Great Depression and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he lived and worked on a LST (Landing Ship Tank), the very same type of ship he would later uncover in Greece, restore, and bring home. It was only after he retired in 1984 that he starting thinking of running as a serious endeavor.

That’s why, when his beloved LST needed funding, he decided that running across the country was the perfect way to raise money. By the time he finished, he was 93 years old.

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-947309-61-6 | 254 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
SPORTS & RECREATION / Running & Jogging