Real Life 'Forrest Gump' Runs Cross-Country To End Poverty
Life is like a box of chocolates, you never what you're gonna get! This is true for people in poverty; they never know what the next day will bring; or won't bring. To help end poverty, Barclay Oudersluys will channel his inner 'Forrest Gump' to run across the country, from California to Maine in 100 days.
The runner will complete over 3,200 miles across 15 states. With 32 miles and the some 6,600 calories a day, he plans to complete the journey in 100 days. He hopes that his trek will raise awareness and funds for The Hall Steps Foundation. "The [foundation] was founded ... to fight poverty around the world by improving health," Oudersluys wrote on his online fundraiser's page. "And what better way is there to promote healthy living than by running?"
Into Arizona pic.twitter.com/ab4DZlkyI1— Project Gump (@ProjectGump) May 17, 2015
He set up a fundraising page and since his start on May 9th, he raised $1,100 of his $10,000 goal. Along the way, he plans on stopping to meet people and raise awareness for the foundation. This real-life Forrest Gump is ending poverty, one mile and one state at a time.
Follow his journey on Twitter.