About the Trek

I almost lost my left leg when I was 14 years old. I recovered and continued to play sports, but I know what painful surgery, long hospital stays, and a poor diagnoses is like. That is why I dedicate my time and social media resources to this trek across Maryland to raise hopes for the kids, awareness of their fight, and money for Cool Kids Campaign.

Starting from the summit of Wisp and ending at the Inlet in Ocean City, I picked Maryland’s two largest playgrounds for the kids who want to be kids again and just play. This is NO walk in the park. Fast paced hiking and biking combination everyday, to cross the state of Maryland from west to east in 7 days. Two legs each day, pun fully intended. That’s the plan. I’ve moved from sprinting to long distance running in my adulthood, but the hike is something more people can relate to. The biking portion represents the fun part childhood, plus it relieves tension on my legs using different muscles and shortens the time of the entire event.

Each day will start with a 27 mile hike averaging a little more than 4 miles per hour. The distance of 27 is just over a marathon and represents the years since I was sick to my first trek. The bike part will be 14 miles (or more), for the age I was when I was sick. Each day will be to honor one of our Cool Kids. Tell you their story and let them know that many people care and perhaps one day they can be all grown up and say they ‘were’ sick, but no longer.

I have assembled a team and have support from some great people and experts in fitness.  I welcome more people to join my trek for the whole week or a single day. Plus, if you can, I’d love to see you along the way. If you drive by or stop to say high, we can take a pic and post it using the hashtag #mdtrek3 to help document this lifetime journey on all social media platforms. I’ve got some cool surprises along the way as well so you hopefully stick with me all the way through the end.

My Story: Why I Trek Across Maryland

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When I was 14 years old, I almost lost one of my legs. I was playing baseball, running track, growing up… and my adolescence came to screaming halt. After a few weeks of pain, I had my parents take me to the doctor, which led to a diagnoses of bone cancer in my left tibia.  A board […]

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Trek Across Maryland: Daily Interactive Route Maps

Complete Trek Across MD

This 321 mile journey across Maryland is a combination of 27 miles hiking plus 14 miles or more biking each day. All days are a minimum of 41 miles, two days are over 50 miles. The numbers are significant on a personal basis and the breakdown will allow my team to cross the state in 7 […]

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Trek Across Maryland: By The Numbers 14 and 41

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When I first had the idea of doing a trek across Maryland it seemed crazy. Then it came up again during a Happy Hour for Cool Kids Campaign in the spring of 2014. There was a cycling team traversing the East Coast and donating money to our charity.   Perhaps it was a wine infused […]

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Trek Across Maryland: Day 7 for Sansa Richards

Grou Day 7Saturday August 13 2016 – Sharptown and on to finish in Ocean City around 2 PM This 7th and final day of my 3rd Trek Across Maryland will be be so gratifying […]

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Trek Across Maryland: Day 6 Cyrus Ramsey Hiatt

Group Day6Friday August 12 2016 – Eastern Shore This 6th day of my Trek Across Maryland is going to be tough during a Heat Advisory. But as bad as it will get […]

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Trek Across Maryland: Day 5 for Karen Shollenberger

Group_Day5Thursday August 11 2016 – Anne Arundel County This 5th day of my Trek Across Maryland can be considered a highlight in many ways. Before getting to that, the weather will be […]

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Trek Across Maryland: Day 4 for Shawn Madden and Caden Cozzolino

Group_Day4_FrederickWednesday August 10 2016 – Frederick Today we will stay on the bike all day and I will be part of a dozen riders. Before I get to the honorees Shawn Madden […]

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Come from behind track win 3 years after almost losing my leg

4x200 meter relay finals of the Southeast New York Regionals. This was the last race of the day but when i finally felt 100%. Just three years earlier I almost lost my left leg and doctors were not sure I would even walk right again. This is why I work with Cool Kids Campaign and why I decided to Trek Across Maryland to rain money and awareness. I was 14 when sick. Now at 41 it's a full reflection of the numbers and all the victories I had since. I want this to encourage kids today that they can get well.