Henry Knott entered his first 40-mile hike with Boy Scouts of America Troop 35 with low expectations and a high degree of enthusiasm.
What the Dumbarton Middle School sixth-grader discovered during his 14-hour trek in April from the NCR Trail in Sparks to the PeoplesBank Park in York, Pa., was that giving up — or giving in to sore feet — was not an option.
“I didn’t expect to finish the 40 miles when I started, but after the first few miles, I knew I wanted to finish,” said Henry, who walked the bulk of his miles with fellow Scout and first-time 40-miler James Taylor. “The hardest part was mile 39. My feet really, really hurt.”
Even if the 11-year-old Anneslie resident...