So excited to share this Smashing Success Story!
Anthony Dunn, one of the Skate Every Damn Day participants who embarked on an ambitious goal – 300 miles in 30 days – and not only completed it…
…he did in 20 days and went all-out to do over 400 miles in 30 days!
Anthony is an inline skater based out of Washington, D.C. who has a remarkable story. Self-taught, street-trained and exceptionally dedicated, he honed his skills on urban streets, learning to weave in and out of traffic and how to properly time traffic light intervals so he could bomb hills (go downhill, super fast, while catching all the green lights), trusting that incoming traffic and turning vehicles would not endanger him.
Inline skating doesn’t leave much room for slowing down, let alone stopping!
I met Anthony online through one of my global Skate Every Damn Day challenges. He posted early on, very eager and ambitious, setting a goal to skate 300 miles in the 30 days of the challenge. Anthony also included a leg-strengthening squats challenge as part of his routine.
When the challenge started, I had no idea what he had battled right before the challenge had started.
Shortly before the challenge, Anthony had just received the all-clear from his doctor to start skating again.
He was recovering from a brain injury!
As soon as he got the clear, the challenge had begun. He came into it, fully dedicated, and ready to roll!
A friend of his in his local inline skating group told him about the challenge, and he figured since he had pretty much skated daily before the injury, he’d get into it right away. The first few days he racked up a few miles here and there, accumulating less than 20 miles in the first few days.
On that first weekend, Anthony and his skate group completed over forty miles in a day. In a DAY!
From that point on, he was in full swing! He knocked out 300 miles in 20 days, and finished the 30 day challenge accumulating over 400 miles on his skates.
Anthony attributes faith, dedicating, his friends, and the love of skating to his success.
He’s truly the very quintessence and embodiment of the values of our Skate Every Damn Day community – encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment. Anthony is kind, humble, cheers our skaters on in their pursuits, and certainly knows how to share the spotlight! He made his victory a community victory, and we celebrated with him, thrilled with what he had accomplished!
We had no idea that he had recently recovered from an injury prior to the challenge, and it was in our interview that he revealed all that led up to it. I was shocked!
Many of our skaters are members of the roller derby community, and Anthony was one of our first inline-specific skaters. He’s been an invaluable asset and tremendously inspirational member of our community. He was one of the first skaters I’d given one of our shirts to – I was honored to have him sport our #SkateEveryDamnDay tank top!
Anthony continues to participate in our group, and I’m excited to see him again soon! I finally had the opportunity meet him in person during the 2016 Miami Skater Migration, and am SUPER excited to skate with him for the Big Apple Roll and Skate Baltimore!
We give him all the love and support in his next grand adventure, and for us lucky ones, to share in some of them!
Here’s our interview!