Dan Burchfield, an assistant baseball coach at Moorpark High, PA announcer for the football team, drama department head and history teacher, honors his late son, Joel, every year by walking more than 100 miles to raise money for a scholarship program.
In 1996, Joel was 11 when he was swept away trying to cut across the rain-swollen Arroyo Simi and drowned. Dan and his wife established a scholarship fund for Moorpark seniors.
Each year, he walks and walks. Next Sunday, July 15, he’ll leave from Rincon Point in Carpinteria and walk to Ventura Harbor. He’ll go on to Cal State Channel Islands, Newbury Park, Agoura, Malibu, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Torrance before ending in San Pedro on July 21. He will walk 105 miles.