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2 of 15 States and 23 marathons down for superhero fundraiser in enormous coast-to-coast USA solo run
Real-life superhero Jamie McDonald, who has raised more than $500,000 for children’s charities through bigger-than-life adventures, is more than 600 miles into a coast-to-coast run across the United States, again dressed as a superhero. He has just crossed the border into California, the third of fifteen states the adventurer will run through. To date, he’s ran 300 miles barefoot, and spent days without seeing another human being.
Here is Jamie on TV doing a recent news interview at Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital, Oregon (18th May, 2018)
31-year-old Jamie McDonald, from Gloucester in the UK, spent the first nine years of his life in and out of hospital with a rare spinal condition; syringomyelia. Combined with a very weak immune system and epilepsy, Jamie’s health was very poor – his family feared he might lose his mobility altogether. At nine years old, and against the odds, his symptoms eased, allowing Jamie to slowly become more active.
On the 10th April 2018, Jamie began his second coast-to-coast journey that will take him right the way across the United States. He has just a year to finish the nearly 6,000 mile route, before his Visa runs out.
Beginning at the westernmost point of the United States – Cape Alava in Washington – Jamie has so far ran the length of Washington and Oregon States, entering the enormous state of California this week. He has ran more than 23 marathons in just over a month, clocking up an average of 20 miles a day.
He’ll travel through many others, including Texas, Tennessee, Washington D.C. and New York, on his way to the easternmost point of mainland USA, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine.
So far, the adventure has raised more than $10,000 for US children’s hospitals and £25,000 – 10% of the goal total – for Superhero Foundation, a charity Jamie co-founded that grants money to families for treatment they might not otherwise be able to have or afford. Supporters around the world can donate here.
Jamie is running as his alter ego Adventureman, in a custom-made superhero costume designed by then-10-year-old, Conner Reddy.
He can be followed using this live tracker: https://www.jamiemcdonald.org/tracker. The route can be seen both on that page and below.
Running by himself and without a support crew yet again, Jamie has ran through rainforest downpours and down highways busy with giant logging trucks. His route will take him through lonely 50 degree celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) deserts at the hottest time of the year – during which his tracker and quick access to water will be necessary to survive, sub-zero temperatures and the constant threat of bears, cougars and other wild animals, injuries and the uncertain elements.
Jamie has been and will continue to wild camp en route, although strangers have offered him somewhere to stay occasionally throughout the run so far.
Jamie has so far visited Seattle Children’s Hospital and Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital in Oregon. As an international fundraising adventure, 50% of any American donations will go to local children’s hospital in the state donors live and the other 50% will go to supporting other sick children around the world.
He is also stopping in at schools and businesses along the way, delivering motivational talks to help with the fundraising
“I’ve been through so much already, and I’m only just into my third of fifteen states – and it’s an ENORMOUS one! It being huge though gives us huge donation and support potential, so I’m hoping the extra miles will make a bigger difference.
“At the beginning of this run, just days in, I injured my foot so badly that I thought I’d have to start again. Through careful management and lots of barefoot running, I’ve hit more than 600 miles – around a tenth of the total distance I’ll need to run – in around 40 days. My maths isn’t great, but that tells me that I have a good shot at making it before my visa runs out.”
“I’m feeling confident, but I do have days where I sometimes think I might not make it. I’m running 20 mile days most days, and I’m running like I’ve got the wind at my back. I might only have just started in the grand scheme of the adventure, but I’m into my stride and nothing’s going to break me. I’m doing this to show people, and especially children in situations like I was in, and many worse, that anything is possible, and that you can’t give up on hope and health. I’d like to thank the US so far for taking me in when I’ve most needed it – I couldn’t do this without the kindness of people.”
Before the 6,000 mile coast-to-coast US run:
For the last four years, Jamie, now 31, has been working tirelessly to give back. He’s raised more than £500,000 for children’s charities, hospitals and causes around the world throughout his many adventures. He was named as the Pride of Britain ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ for the west for his effort, among many other accolades.
In the time since his last adventure, Jamie has co-founded Gloucestershire-based Superhero Foundation, a charity that grants money to families for treatment not otherwise available on the NHS. He has also written the best-selling book ‘Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero’, the story of his life to this point – no mean feat for somebody that struggles with dyslexia, and retook his GCSEs aged 23. All proceeds from the book go to charity.
This video tells you more about Jamie: https://youtu.be/XicDMvoVW7c
Follow Jamie’s social media accounts – he posts daily blogs, videos and photos:
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamiemcdonald…
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mrjamiemcdonald
- YouTube (where regular episodes are being uploaded): https://www.youtube.com/JamieMcDonaldAM
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