The first day sees our walkers from the Troy University Quad to Enterprise, AL. This takes 28.3 miles and ends long after the sun sets for some of our walkers.
We are graciously hosted by a church in Enterprise overnight.
The 23 miles from Enterprise to Hartford, AL, is a welcoming change from the 28 the day before. However, this day can surprise many of our walkers in how grueling it really is!
At night, ATO eagerly anticipates hearing from a veteran to encourage us as we look to the hardest day of all.
This day goes down as a unifying "Worst Day of Your Life" experience for every person who has ever braved Walk Hard. Day Three's 24-mile trek from Hartford to Bonifay, FL, puts our walkers to the test & shows what they are made of.
The best part? Our walkers cross into the Florida State Line. It's our first time seeing real "progress" in our journey, a watershed benchmark.
Day Four is a 19-mile walk from Bonifay, the home of Jeep Sullivan, to Vernon, FL. In comparison to Day 3, it can seem like a day-off. We take it seriously, though, and push forward as we celebrate the "back half" of our walk. The end is near!
We can smell the salt water! The beach has never looked so close before. Only 18 miles stand between our walkers and the day they have looked forward to for so long. But can they make it from Vernon to Ebro, FL?
The last day is here! Our final 16 miles are easy to overlook, the reward is sweet when we march into Pier Park arm-in-arm with the veterans we walk for. Our total is announced and we get to kiss the sands we have prayed to reach.