Granger Smith Calls In During Day 3 Of His 4th Annual 100 Mile Boot Walk
Granger Smith is on day 3 of his 4th annual 100 Mile Boot Walk. The 100 mile walk started in Austin, TX on Sunday, May 4th and will end on Thursday night, May 8th, when Granger arrives at Ft. Hood. Over the course of those 5 days, Granger will wear out a pair of combat boots to show his support for the armed forces.
Granger and his crew reached the halfway point today and called in to tell us about the walk. From the side of Highway 183 in Liberty Hill, TX, Granger took a few minutes to talk with Drew about the walk and why he does it.
"This is something I started 4 years ago after doing some entertainment tours in Iraq...I saw just how hard these men and women are working every day... I wanted to come back and do something over here that more people could get involved in to remember these people, to say thank you."
It was with that in mind that Granger started the annual Boot Walk event, raising money for the Boot Campaign, a non-profit dedicated to promoting patriotism, raising awareness, and providing assistance to military families.The goal with this years boot walk is to raise $50,000 for the charity.
In four short years the event has grown, and now includes "shadow walks" that you can do in your hometown if you can't come walk with Granger. He has also learned in the 4 years of doing the walk the proper ways to prep his feet, taking breaks every 5 miles to change socks and rest. You can follow along with Granger on his walk at BootWalk.com.
The walk ends with a concert at Ft. Hood featuring Granger and other Texas Country artist like William Clark Green, Josh Grider, and Brian Keane. It's free with military ID, and $10 in advance otherwise.
Granger has been known recently for his alter ego, Earl Dibbles, Jr. Drew asked him if Earl was going to be participating in the walk. Granger said, "I haven't talked to Earl yet about that, but I'm pretty sure he's gonna walk some of this, for sure."
If you want to help out with the boot walk, donate, or get involved, go to BootWalk.com. Listen to Granger Smith's full interview with Drew below to get all the information and hear more from Granger about this great event.
Granger says even if you can't donate your time or money, there is one thing that anyone can (and should) do, "Thank a soldier. They need to hear that. Walk up to them in uniform and say, 'Thanks for your service.' It's Important"