When Dale Westberry laced up his sneakers late Sunday, he had a long night ahead of him — 37-miles long to be exact.
“I wanted to mark something for my 65th birthday,” said Westberry, a
So to celebrate the big day (BIRHTDAY), Westberry chose to walk the length of his “beloved”
“Walking really helps me settle down and view what’s important to me,” Westberry said. “It not only helps me physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. And I walk alone — it’s something I save for myself.”
When Westberry tragically lost his wife years ago, leaving him a widower with a house full of children, he found walking therapeutic. He said he started to “keep from going crazy” after his life was turned upside-down, and soon the 10-miles-a-day became part of his daily routine. And as his birthday approached this year, he wanted to do something memorable, and what better place than his “beloved” 30A?
“I have a love affair with 30A,” Westberry said. “It has a culture of its own. I came to
So on the evening of July 6, around 7 p.m., Westberry took off on foot from the west end of 30A. Keeping good pace, he was able to reach the halfway point at midnight, meeting his “NASCAR pit crew,” girlfriend Amanda Smith, at Shades for a wardrobe change and quick snack. Then, he turned back around to walk the 18.5-miles he just crossed.
“It was harder than I thought it’d be,” Westberry said. “I knew I’d hit a wall at some point, but it was sooner than I expected. I really struggled the last few miles. I was exhausted physically, but knew I had to finish.”
And he did — with a total walking time of 10-hours.
As far as breaking that record for next year’s birthday, Westberry swears, “I’ll never do it again. That was my first and last time.”