Return From Cross County Run

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 5, 2008 at 6:51 PM EDT

An Endicott man is back home, after a 4-month, cross country trip of a lifetime.

His goal, to raise money in honor of his late cousin Philip Diaferio.

Diaferio was a soldier in the army who, while on leave from Iraq, was killed in a car crash last November.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout sat down with Andy Wahila, to relive his run across America.

116 days.

Nearly 28-hundred miles.

All completed through foot power.

Endicott native Andy Wahila and two friends spent the last 4 months running across the country.

"The adventure of it was amazing. I've never been to the West Coast. The people, I feel, I'm going to have life-long contacts and friends and I guess telling people I ran across country is a huge accomplishment," says Wahila.

Wahila and two friends averaged running about 25 miles per day.

Sometimes they ran as much as 40 miles a day, or as little as 10 per day.

Each day was the same...up early, run for awhile, take a break and run a little as the sun went down.

Wahila says he'll always remember the people, who helped him during his journey.

"The people were amazing, especially the first three quarters of the trip. We did not sleep outside in Texas for the entire state. Someone housed us or put us up in a fire station or something like that. We were so fortunate to receive everything we got from people," he says.

Wahila says he still doesn't remember his whole trip.

All his memories have kind of run together.

He hopes to remember more as he looks at pictures and reads his journals.

Wahila says his trip wasn't all about fun.

He and his friends helped raised more than 3 thousand dollars along the way.

For a scholarship in honor of his late cousin.

In Endicott, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

For more information on the run, to see more pictures, read daily diary entries, or to donate to the Philip Diaferio scholarship fund, you can log onto nation run dot com.

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