HOMETOWN: MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
IN 2007, MEHNERT was working as a media spokesman for Habitat for Humanity, but he wanted to move from advocacy to action. So he conceived of Travelanthropy. "You hear about people running marathons for charity; I wanted to go bigger," Mehnert says. The following year, he reinvented himself as an adventuring fundraiser for Habitat and began securing per-mile pledges for endurance endeavors. Since then, he's driven a road rally from London to Banjul, Gambia; hiked the southern half of the Appalachian Trail; and traversed 500 miles of the Pyrenees. The next big thing on his list? Driving the entire Pan-American Highway in 2011, by the end of which he hopes to have raised $100,000. Here's more, by the numbers.
MONEY RAISED SO FAR FOR GAMBIAN PROJECTS AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST PROJECT
CHARITY MILES MEHNERT TRAVERSED TO RAISE IT
MARRIAGE PROPOSALS HE'S DELIVERED WHILE TRAVELING (SHE SAID YES)
MILES MEHNERT PLANS TO DRIVE FROM ARGENTINA TO ALASKA NEXT YEAR