Colorado Springs man taking “6 million steps of gratitude”

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A Colorado Springs man is making his way across the country to bring awareness to two organizations he cares deeply about.

Joe Turcotte started his journey in his hometown of Boston on April 28. He’s 101 days into his journey and is averaging about 25 to 30 miles a day.

He calls his mission “6 million steps of gratitude,” and he’s walking for Canine Companions for Independence and Achilles International, who has a local chapter right here in the Pikes Peak region.

‘We are a group of walkers, runners, cyclists, rock climbers, yoga practicers,” Brandon Stapanowich, a volunteer for Achilles Pikes Peak, said. “It’s a community for athletes with disabilities and without disabilities to come together and break down barriers towards participation in an active lifestyles.”

Turcotte said the toughest part of his journey so far has been the weather and the isolation, but he has not once considered quitting.

“I look at the people that those organizations help and I’m grateful that I can help those organizations help those people,” Turcotte said. “And I just thought I’ve been sitting at a computer every day and it’s time to just get off my butt and do something different.”

Turcotte is expecting to arrive in Oceanside, California at the Canine Companions Training Campus sometime in September. Follow his journey at facebook.com/6millionstepsofgratitude/ .

Achilles Pikes Peak meets every Monday at the Colorado Running Company at 5262 North Nevada Avenue. All ages and abilities are welcome.

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