In a month notorious for failed goals and resolutions, one
man is nearing in on accomplishment unlike any other. He’s a recognized face in
the Idaho Falls community. You can find him supporting his beloved Idaho Falls
Tigers and every day he is at the greenbelt.
He’s a man with many nicknames.
“They called me “Super Fan”, they called me “Stinky”, they
called me “Magnum.”
His real name is Greg. He works as a dishwasher at a
retirement home and he has two passions in life; his Idaho Falls Tigers, and
walking the greenbelt. He’s been supporting the Tigers since 1983, he’s been
walking the greenbelt every day since 2007.
“32 more days, February 10th, I’m going to have
6,000 miles that I’ve made,” said Greg. “That’s 2,476 days that I haven’t missed.”
How does that feel?
“It makes me cry. It really does because it’s taken so long.”
It’s easy to see why Greg gets emotional when talking about
this milestone. 6,000 miles is a long ways. That’s basically like if he decided
to walk to Boston, got lost on his way home, ended up in Boise and then walked
back to Yellowstone. Confused? Let’s put it this way, if Greg had a really long
snorkel and cement boots, he could almost walk to Hawaii and back in 6,000
Along his journey, Greg has even done a few laps with
crutches after an injury. He did several laps with a cracked rib after a fall,
and he didn’t let the worst of humanity stop him from his daily routine.
“I was right over by the Driftwood Motel and this kid come
up to me and he was just looking at me and he slammed me in the face really
hard,” said Greg. “I then fell to the ground. I laid there for I don’t know how
long but then I got up and I walked across the street and I called my wife and
she called her sister right next door and they come and got me.”
So with this milestone quickly approaching, I had to ask him
what is next.
“My goal is, if I can do it, my goal is 10,761 miles,” said
Greg. “That’s my goal because I was watching TV and the Boston Celtics; they traveled
that many miles before they had a home game. And I just put it up on a paper
and put it on the wall and I said I’m going to do this.”
Greg thinks he can reach the 6,000 mile mark one month from Friday.