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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to David Chandler about running across America and wilderness therapy. When we first learned about David, we had a lot of questions. Did he run or walk across America? Did he do it consecutively? Was it self-supported? What was going on with this guy to give him the tenacity to do it? After hopping on the phone for a quick conversation, we quickly learned the David had a lot of strength both in his running abilities and character that we knew we wanted to share with you. From the planning that took place, to the logistics around food and accommodation, to his hopes of bringing attention to wilderness therapy, there are lessons to be taken away from this episode that can show almost anyone that if you want something badly enough, it is indeed possible.

David is a plant-based ultramarathoner. His passions are running, nature and helping others. For the last three years, he has worked as a wilderness therapy guide at SUWS of the Carolinas with kids with mental health and substance abuse struggles. SUWS helps empower kids through the lens of nature and teaches communication and coping skills. As you will hear, David recently spent time running across America. He ran 2900 miles across America from Santa Monica, CA to Wrightsville Beach, NC to raise money for scholarships for low-income students to attend SUWS. He has raised $11,000 so far. David continues to run ultramarathons to raise money for these kids he still works with.


In this episode we discuss:

  • David Chandler
  • Running for punishment running ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝ
  • Becoming Plant-Based ๐ŸŒฑPaleo ๐Ÿฎ
  • Ultra and endurance sports ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  • Running across America
  • From California ๐ŸŒŠ to North California ๐Ÿ 
  • The baby stroller ย ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป
  • Food ๐ŸŽ
  • The deeper meaning ๐Ÿค”
  • Wilderness guide ๐ŸŒฒ
  • Nature heals people ๐ŸŒท
  • Recovery ๐Ÿ˜ด
  • Actionable tips for helping yourself and others


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David Chandler – Instagram, Facebook

David’s Fundraiser

David’s New Fundraiser – Biking Across America (2019)

SUWS of the Carolinas


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