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Pride of Britain winner announces new and enormous trans-US solo run

Three years after the end of a 5,000-mile solo run across Canada, during which real-life superhero Jamie McDonald raised more than £250,000 for children’s charities, the fundraiser has announced that he will be running across the United States, again dressed as a superhero. Due to his year-long visa, he is in a race against time to complete the challenge, and will be running a marathon most days to complete it.

31-year-old Jamie McDonald, from Gloucester, 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.

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.

What Jamie did next

On the 10th April 2018, following a book tour throughout Canada retracing his run (details here), Jamie will begin another 200 marathon adventure journey that will take him right the way across the United States. He’ll run through more than fifteen states, beginning at the westernmost point of the United States – Cape Alava in Washington. He’ll travel through many others, including California, Texas, Tennessee, Washington D.C. and New York, on his way to the easternmost point of mainland USA, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine.

He can be followed using this LIVE tracker – the page also includes a route map for the adventure.

Running by himself and without a support crew yet again, Jamie will battle through desolate and lonely deserts, sub-zero temperatures and the constant threat of wild animals, injuries and the uncertain elements. He will wild camp en route.

Whereas Jamie ran dressed as the superhero The Flash throughout Canada, he’ll be running as his alter ego Adventureman, in a custom-made costume designed by then-10-year-old, Conner Reddy.

In the UK, the fundraising target is £250,000, with 100% of donations going towards Superhero Foundation, a charity Jamie co-founded that grants money to families for treatment not otherwise available on the NHS.

In the US, the fundraising target is $1m, split 50/50 between Superhero Foundation and children’s hospitals in each state he runs through, enabling American supporters to donate directly to the hospitals in their state. Jamie will stop at children’s hospitals and schools along the way, delivering talks and meeting the children he hopes his donations will help.

Jamie says,

“I’ve had an itch to get out again for the last few years, but was desperate to build something that could run alongside my adventures – and I massively underestimated the work that goes into something like that!

“I’m absolutely terrified, but also hugely excited at the same time to get back out and do what I love most all over again, challenging myself and meeting amazing people along the way. I do feel like there’s more of an expectation on my shoulders this time though, that of course I’ll complete this challenge, but being realistic, there’s a good chance I will fail. It’s a longer journey by a good thirty marathons and I’m not in the shape I was before Canada, after I’d done the cycling challenges. Add that to the fact I only have a year-long visa, and I’m really not sure that I can make it.”

He continued,

“I just hope I can raise enough money and make a difference to the sick kids and their families that we will be trying to help. And to also make everyone proud who have supported my adventures in the past. I’ll just try my best I suppose.”

Superhero Foundation has helped many families, like these mentioned on this Superheroes page. All money donated to Superhero Foundation will go towards building a physical presence and bank of resources to help support even more families fundraising for treatment not available on the NHS. Rather than helping a couple of families at a time, the aim is to help ten or even one hundred times that!


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Donor's Messages

Best wishes and good luck.

Rodney Catiggay, USA, donated £100.00

Great job Jamie, I'm looking forward to sharing your story and latest adventure with the children of Moat Primary during assembly on Thursday. Good luck and thanks for the inspirational story.

Mr Mike Cutler, UK, donated £20.00

Go Jamie, go! Lots of love and positive vibes from Team Radioactive xxxxx

Mrs Angharad Planells, UK, donated £50.00

You are the best! Not sure if I would have figured that out. What Size do you wear? Rob used to wear "minimals", like a glove for your feet. Not sure if he has any old pair kicking around. If he does and has your size, we can arrange to have them sent to a destination to meet up with you. Good luck in your "bare foot" running.

Rick Fall, CAN, donated £50.00

Hi Jamie I am Guy Thomas' Mum and have nothing but admiration for you and what you have already achieved! You are amazing! Wishing you all the luck in the world. Just do your can do no more!

Mrs Maureen Thomas, UK, donated £20.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £50.00

Incredible - good luck; enjoy!

Anonymous, UK, donated £20.00

Jamie. Thank you for being who you are and for inspiring us to become the best version of ourselves. First time i donate for your journey but not the last.

Miss Marie Aimée Beaulac, CAN, donated £15.00

Go Jamie

Anonymous, UK, donated £30.00

Hey Jamie, going through some tough times and your videos always raise my spirits, I expect you'll be going through some tough ones too. Keep pushing. Sending you loads of energy and much love from Cheltenham

Anonymous, UK, donated £30.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £50.00

Look after your feet and good luck.

Mrs Jennie Macaulay-Lowe, UK, donated £10.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £50.00

Blessings to you & safe journey!

MaryEllen Moulton, CAN, donated £50.00

Good luck and god speed Jamie! Truly an epic adventure and more to the point shines a light on those charities in need of our help to enhance the lives of young people. If this donation can in some way make a small difference to a child's life then that's a good thing.

Mr Steven Kilroy, UK, donated £100.00

Go Jamie! Keep inspiring the rest of us, and keep going even when it seems impossible to take another step.

Anonymous, UK, donated £10.00


Anonymous, UK, donated £25.00

Hi you crazy person .good luck in your travels. we miss you so much love sonia and jo xx hope this donation helps x

Mrs sonia francis, UK, donated £500.00

Go Jamie, may the wind always be at your back and the sun on your face. You’re an inspiration! Much love Morgan and helen.x

Anonymous, UK, donated £50.00

Wishing you all the luck in the world Jamie -- it's a fantastic project, and you're an inspiring adventurer! I'll be following along via Twitter until you get to Massachusetts, when I hope you'll let me buy you a beer (and run a bit too)

Anonymous, USA, donated £75.00

Never give up. Xx

Mrs Kelly Durkin, UK, donated £10.00

Good Luck Jamie! We were all very inspired to hear your story Jamie! Keep up the great work!! From everyone at Nor' Wester View School in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada!!

Mrs Jennifer Mihalcin, CAN, donated £400.00

Good Luck Jamie! My son Hayden will be keeping track of your progress!

Mrs Rebecca Myrick, USA, donated £200.00

Good luck Jamie.

Anonymous, CAN, donated £50.00

Go Jamie. Very proud to know such a crazy and inspirational man

Mr Alan Betts, UK, donated £50.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £30.00

Good Luck Jamie, don’t think too far ahead xx

Anonymous, UK

In honor of Dora Slotnick, a Chicago superhero!

Miss Dora Slotnick, USA, donated £25.00

Thank you for stopping and sharing your positive message!

Gull Lake School Community Council, CAN, donated £200.00

Spread your Joy and Encouragement as you Run. We know the sacrifices you have made, and will make to complete this challenge. You are a true inspiration. You make a difference, and you inspire others to make a difference in their own way, Adventures large and small.

Anonymous, CAN, donated £200.00
Anonymous, CAN, donated £500.00

Thank you for coming to visit us at Nor' Wester View School! We were so inspired by your message we decided to have a Persian sale in your honour. (Persian are our local delicacy in Thunder Bay! Did you have one while you were here?) Good Luck! We wish you every success on your journey! Cheers Nor' Wester View Staff and Students

Mrs Pauline Fontaine, CAN

Call it a well earned Corona. Share your story widet with this donation

Mr Rob Hunt, UK, donated £200.00
Anonymous, CAN, donated £102.25

Good Luck mate!!

Mr Andrew Kluge, UK, donated £250.00

So fabulous to see you again here in Corner Brook Jamie. So proud of you & all you are doing. Here’s my donation for all books sold! May the force be with you, can’t wait to follow your next adventure. Niki...aka Royal Order of Newfoundland Screechers!

Mrs Niki Hollahan, CAN, donated £95.00

Best of Luck From Team Cosatto

Mr Andrew Kluge, UK, donated £898.80

Go Jamie! Here's some dollars for your great cause from all the students and parents with Tara Lund Music School!

Mrs Tara Lund, CAN, donated £85.00

To my brother, a true hero, helping others who need help to find strength in their inner hero. Tons of love and happy christmas xxxx

Mr Samuel Popham, UK, donated £10.00

Hi Jamie, I read the book very inspirational and moving you are truly one of the good guys , good luck on this next challenge

Anonymous, UK, donated £75.00

Hey Jamie! Just finished your fantastic book! Loved every word! You are truly an inspiration to the world! Best of luck on your next adventure. We will be following you on social media and cheering you on! Your buddies on the ferry Sherry&Mike

Mrs Sherry Scott, CAN, donated £50.00
Anonymous, CAN, donated £20.00
Anonymous, CAN, donated £20.00

Inspirational Jamie McDonald ! Thank you !

Mrs Debbie Lange, UK, donated £20.00

Thank you so much for your inspiring talk at the nursing school today, and for everything you are doing! Good luck with your US run!

Miss Janine Robertson, CAN, donated £30.00

I enjoyed your presentation today at WRSON, it was both inspiring and engaging! Here is the $20 I promised you for book, I look forward to reading it! Best of Luck!

Mr Carter Childs, CAN, donated £20.00

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak at our school of nursing today. Thank you as well for the wonderful book, I can't wait to read it. Can't wait to hear more about your next adventures. Continued super-hero strength to you!

Mrs Peggy Hancock, CAN, donated £25.00

Donations from Geek Girl Brunch Leeds. Best of luck with your fundraising!

Anonymous, UK, donated £5.00
Mr Lee Bennett, CAN, donated £60.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £15.00

Thank you so much for such a motivating talk on 25th October. You’re inspirational to us all and we wish you the best of luck in America. Who’s the daddy!?!?! From all at Worcestershire Advance x

Anonymous, UK, donated £100.00
Mr Rob Pearce, UK, donated £10.00

Jamie - an inspiring, hilarious, moving talk at the Cleeve School Achievement Awards last night. Thank you for the books, for which we didn't bring cash but we promised we'd donate it!

Mr Chris Button, UK, donated £20.00

Jamie , thank you for your inspiring talk to the young people at Cleeve School this evening , what a truly inspirational man you are . My daughter and I really enjoyed your speech , it's both emotional and funny! Hope you get looked after by more Momma Bears on your next fundraiser across America . Mel x

Mrs Mel Westwood, UK, donated £10.00

Good look my superhero second son! Wishing you a safe journey filled with positivity, generosity & stories to tell. Big hug Gail Glover xxx

Mrs Gail Glover, UK, donated £50.00
Miss Jennifer Henderson, UK, donated £40.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £20.00

Come on Jamie. You is the daddy!

Mrs Ruth Oakey, UK, donated £30.00

Good luck Jamie!

Anonymous, donated £25.00

Thank you for trusting me, to walk away from pittville award ceremony, with your book. As promise I double my donation. Good luck with the amazing work you do x

Anonymous, UK

HI Jamie - I saw your presentation at RDO and you gave me your book. Good luck with your US run! Mad or what!! Jackie Kerslake

Mrs Jackie Kerslake, UK, donated £25.00

Having seen your fund raising efforts on Sky News recently Jamie (Adventureman) I want to wish you Good Luck in your future travels to raise funds in support of the children and their families. Keep on Trucking, Best wishes, Pauline Tombs x

Miss Pauline Tombs, UK, donated £20.00

Just finished reading your book Jamie and felt inspired to donate! We have also just donated to our local children's hospital charity here in Switzerland where we live. Thanks for everything you are doing and inspiring us to contribute more!

Anonymous, donated £100.00

Just saw you on SKY news and think what you're doing is a fantastic thing. Well done and thank you for helping those that arent as lucky as me and my daughters. May you travel with the wind at your back and a spring in your step knowing our thoughts are with you.

Mr Steve McQueenie, UK, donated £10.00
Mr Michael Thompson, UK, donated £50.00

I have just watched Jamie in sky news (11.10.17) his enthusiasm has inspired me to donate again after I had lost faith in how charities raise money. My son who is not 23 has Williams syndrome and had pioneering ( at the time) and successful heart surgery with pigs artery when he was 4 years old at GOS therefore I would like my tiny and insufficient donation to pass to this hospital which I am sure has suffered lately with donations due to the extremely upsetting case of little Charlie .

Anonymous, UK, donated £20.00
Anonymous, UK, donated £10.00

Let's get the wheels rolling on the fundraising chariot! Good luck Jamie, we'll be with you every step of the way...hopefully in the right direction!

Mr James Clay, UK, donated £10.00