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Published: Aug 11, 2013 5:23 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A University of South Florida student has completed a walk across the country in a personal quest he hopes will inspire others to become active.
Twenty-two-year-old Harrison Milanian walked from Tallahassee to Laguna Beach, Calif., in a little over 11 weeks, The Tampa Tribune reports ( ).
"I wanted to do something challenging," Milanian said.
Milanian got the idea for the walk after he started going on 20-mile walks with his golden retriever, Captain.
He then began training to walk across the country, even though friends and family urged him not to. It was a personal challenge but also part of a larger mission to raise awareness about fitness.