Thanks to Kristi East with The Casey Reporter in Casey, Illinois for writing the following story.
By Kristi East
The Casey Reporter
June 19, 2014
Sitka, Alaska residents, David Wilcox (15), and his father Brett, began a long journey together on January 18, 2014, in Huntington Beach, California, the starting point of their cross country trek. Until recently, they were running around 20 miles a day, but due to protesting muscles and joints, they are now walking.
David was 12 years old when he learned that the youngest person to complete a cross-country trek was 17 years of age. He decided he could do that and talked about it relentlessly. His family decided to support him.
David’s mother Kris, and sister Olivia (13), and one of their four legged friends, Angel are traveling with them in a truck, pulling a camper. The girls consult the map for their next stop, approximately 20 miles away, and go ahead to set up camp and wait for Brett and David. Also on the road with the boys is their dog Jenna, who walks until she gets tired, then jumps into the 3 wheeled running stroller they have with them that carries their supplies (water, light snacks, cell phone, etc.)
The Wilcox family is trying to raise awareness for GMO’s, Genetically Modified Organisms, an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques, and to promote a GMO-free USA. The Wilcoxes are opposed to seed corn companies who inject seeds with chemicals designed to change the DNA of the seed.
“Actually, there are GMOs in more things than you would think,” said Kris. “Almost all sugars are made with GMOs.”
Flagstaff, Arizona was the highest point of their trek at 7,800 feet above sea level.
They traveled through a Navajo reservation Star School and then headed to Route 40 on Route 66.
The family spent Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, and walked into Casey on Thursday, June 5, having completed around 2,000 miles. They hope to finish their journey in New York, in mid-July.
Brett is a mental health therapist and Kris has her own cleaning service, but both have taken the time off to help David realize his cross country dream. David and Olivia are homeschooled, and take online classes with their school.
So far, they have been through two starters, two alternators, two flat tires, and a battery. The Wilcox’s are traveling on their own funds but welcome donations. Donations can be made online at RunningTheCountry.com, which has their complete story and blog, or mailed to Brett or Kris Wilcox, 2105 Sawmill Creek Road. Sitka, Alaska 99835.
Brett Wilcox is the author of We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World, Lie After Lie. Brett and his 15-year old son, David, are currently running from coast to America coast promoting a GMO-Free USA. Brett and David blog at RunningTheCountry.com. Support their run and mission at RunningTheCountry.com/donate.