Real-life ‘Forrest Gump’ to run across the US in 100 days

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A 23-year-old Michigan man is looking to run across the United States in part as a tribute to “Forrest Gump.”

Barclay Oudersluys, 23, from Ann Arbor, Mich., told ABC News he plans to cross the continental U.S. in 100 days or fewer. By Friday Oudersluys had covered 2,000 miles of his journey, 63 days after starting.

Oudersluys, channeling Tom Hanks’ character in “Forrest Gump,” in which the character runs from Santa Monica Pier to Rockland, Maine, has shared pictures along the way.

“I’ve been through thunderstorms, snow a couple times, really windy days out in Kansas, heat waves; it’s a real mix,” he told ABC News.

Oudersluys says he is doing it for a cause. He has a site called Project Gump in which he is trying to raise $10,000 on his trip for the Hall Steps Foundation, which was founded by two professional runners.

Though the run harkens back to the classic film, there are some differences between Gump’s journey and Oudersluys’s. So far no one has joined Oudersluys in his quest. And in the film, it took Gump “ ‘three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours.”

Still, Oudersluys started his run, and plans to end it, in the same places Gump did. According to ABC News he is running 31 to 32 miles at a time. A standard marathon usually runs a little more than 26.

 

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