Subway Sean walks across San Luis Valley

Photos by Brian Williams Subway Sean arrived in Alamosa on Wednesday, took Thursday off, and was back on the road Friday, walking west on Highway 285, planning to stop for the night just outside of Monte Vista. He averages walking 26 miles per day. Subway Sean is walking from Massachusetts to California to raise money and awareness for Big City Mountaineers, a Denver-based national nonprofit that provides camping and backpacking trips for disadvantaged youth.

Spent the night in Alamosa before heading to Monte Vista

MONTE VISTA — Subway Sean walked through Monte Vista on Friday, Sept. 1, one of many towns on his 3,044-mile trek from Massachusetts to California. Of course, as his name implies, he stopped at the Subway in Monte Vista for a bite to eat, and he knew there was another in Del Norte just up the highway if he wanted a snack.

Sean Clancy arrived in Alamosa on Wednesday, took Thursday off, and was back on the road Friday, planning to stop for the night just outside of Monte Vista. He averages walking 26 miles per day.

Clancy, 26, is using the walk to raise money and awareness for Big City Mountaineers, a Denver-based national nonprofit that provides camping and backpacking trips for disadvantaged youth.

And, he gave himself an extra challenge. He can only eat products sold at the fast-food chain Subway.

“I was looking into the trip, and I found out there’s 47 other people that have done this trip before, so I wanted to find my own twist so when I finished, I could say I’m the only one that’s done this type of trip,” he said. “I did a little research into what food I could survive on, and I landed on Subway.”

He began walking on May 1 and plans to finish the walk on the pier in Santa Monica, sometime in October.

Clancy began training for the trip in September of 2021. He dubbed himself “Subway Sean” and built up a social media following by livestreaming his training sessions on the online video platform Twitch. He continues to livestream while on his journey across America.

He started the walk using a small backpack and a baby stroller. Two months into his walk, The Subway Corporation gave him a customized stroller and an electronic Subway gift card for as many subs as he wanted. The stroller has dual solar panels, a sandwich cooler, and other features.

In addition to the stroller, a $10,000 donation was made by Subway to support Clancy’s campaign to raise money for Big City Mountaineers. He has received $3,000 in additional donations to date.

“When we learned about Sean’s journey across America and his love for Subway sandwiches, we wanted to make his journey even better! Sean can fuel up with craveable sandwiches on us to make his food stops seamless as he journeys towards the West Coast,” said a Subway Spokesperson. “3,000 miles is a long way to travel, and we recognize his equipment will start to feel the wear and tear of the road. That’s why we’ll be providing Sean with brand new equipment halfway along his journey.”

There have been more changes for Clancy since starting the journey 125 days ago. He is letting his hair grow out and stopped shaving so he can get that “Forrest Gump” look. He has also dropped a few pounds — more than 50, Clancy admits.

“When I started, I weighed 215,” Clancy said. “I think I’m at about 155 to 160 now.”

His livestream can be watched at subwaysean on the Twitch platform.

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