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Running across America - Jamie McDonald Adventureman

Jamie McDonald is running across America!

Adventureman is halfway through his coast-to-coast USA solo run! (17/10/2018)

6 of 15 States and 130 marathons down for Adventureman in enormous coast-to-coast USA solo run, as he reaches $100k mark in donations

Real-life superhero and Pride of Britain Award-winner Jamie McDonald, whose global goal is to ensure no child goes without treatment they need but can’t access or afford, is more than 3,400 miles into a 6,000-mile west coast-to-east coast run across the United States, dressed as the superhero Adventureman.

Jamie recently crossed the state border into Louisiana, the seventh of fifteen states the adventurer will run through. Jamie has just smashed through the $100k barrier in donations to help sick kids in each state he’s running in and around the world. When the people of Louisiana donate, their donations will go to the main hospital in that state, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, to help sick kids needing life changing treatment that don’t have any or adequate insurance. Jamie will be visiting the hospital on Monday 26th November.

Since the fundraising adventure began in April, he’s been caught in a terrifying flood in Junction, Texas, where he filmed a daring helicopter rescue, been mistaken for a Mexican drug runner while running at night near the border, dodged striking snakes, scorpions and spiders, been ordered to come out of his tent ‘with his hands first’ by a police officer with his hands on his holster and much more, while experiencing so much American kindness. He has many videos of these adventures (please see below release).

32-year-old Jamie McDonald, from Gloucester, England, 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 until April 2019 to finish the nearly 6,000-mile route, before his Visa runs out.

Beginning in April 2018 at the westernmost point of the United States – Cape Alava in Washington – Jamie has so far run through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and New Mexico. He has run more than 130 marathons, often running more than 40 miles a day. He’ll travel through many others, including 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: https://z6z.co/adventureman. The route can be seen both on that page and below – the red is the distance Jamie has already ran.

So far, the adventure has raised more than $46,587 for US children’s hospitals and £44,155.70 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: https://www.superherofoundation.org/donate/ 

Jamie is running as his alter-ego Adventureman, in a custom-made superhero costume designed by then-10-year-old, Conner Reddy.

Running by himself and without a support crew yet again, Jamie has ran through rainforest downpours, camped in places famous for their wild animals, including bears, cougars and mountain lions and ran down busy highways.

Here’s Jamie speaking to popular US show Right This Minute about the challenge:

To this point, Jamie has been wild camping en route when not offered a place to stay by kind strangers. His unbroken running route can be seen on the live tracker developed by and with Microsoft partners including cloud distributor intY and Acacus.

Jamie has so far visited Seattle Children’s Hospital, Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital in Oregon, Millers Children’s Hospital in Long Beach California and Texas Children’s Hospital. 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.

He is also stopping in at schools and businesses along the way, delivering motivational talks to help with the fundraising.

Jamie said,

“I can’t quite believe that we’ve raised $100k, it’s absolutely incredible! The highs have been so very high, but the constant lows have been tough, physically and mentally. But, I’m here and we’re going to make such a difference to these children’s lives so every penny counts. The countdown has begun.

“I’ve spent quite a while crossing Texas and received amazing hospitality but it’s time to run into a new state and keep those donations coming in.”

He continued,

“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 the American 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

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EDITORS NOTES

Follow Jamie’s social media accounts – he posts daily blogs, videos and photos:

Superhero Foundation has helped many families, like these mentioned on this Superheroes page.

All money raised in the US will be split 50-50 between Superhero Foundation and state children’s hospitals. Where possible, the money will be diverted to helping families without adequate health insurance.

  1.       Severe flooding and helicopter rescue: https://www.facebook.com/jamiemcdonald.org/videos/2082777558718566/
  2.       ‘Mexico border drug runner’: https://twitter.com/mrjamiemcdonald/status/1043215206690766853?s=21
  3.       Rattle snake striking: https://twitter.com/mrjamiemcdonald/status/1034687849860280320?s=21
  4.       Mountain lion, scorpions and spiders : https://twitter.com/mrjamiemcdonald/status/1030712452755816448?s=21
  5.       Monsoons: https://twitter.com/mrjamiemcdonald/status/1027971558428401664?s=21
  6.       Cop waking Jamie up ordering to come out of his tent with his hands first: https://www.facebook.com/509652965723517/posts/43-out-of-230-solo-marathons-completed-a-coast-to-coast-run-across-the-us-day-by/1854189327936534/

A link to all of Jamie’s videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ghtzxi65012rr9/AABScAOfkJC5w68xzN-6Bvexa?dl=0

Adventure history

In 2012 Jamie began an adventurous fundraising quest to give back to the hospitals that helped him as a child by cycling 14,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester. Using a second-hand bike bought for just £50, Jamie cycled through more than twenty countries on his way home. During the journey, he was shot at when caught in the middle of a military firefight, arrested by wary border police and slept rough.

Just weeks after returning to Gloucester, Jamie decided to attempt the world record for cycling non-stop on a static bike. Jamie stepped off the bike, as the Marathon Static Cycling – Guinness World Record holder. Cycling more than 12 days, he raised more than £20,000 during the two challenges.

In February 2013, two months after setting the new world record, Jamie used his continued savings to travel to Canada, where he continued his fundraising efforts, again for the children’s charities that helped him as a child. Jamie ran 5,000 miles (equivalent to 200 marathons), across Canada without a support crew – raising more than a £250,000.

His adventures have made news all over the world… (Including in early 2016 where, while traveling from John O’Groats to Land’s End, he and a team of charity cyclists found a woman trapped in the back of her van!).

For images, please take your pick of these high resolution shots: 

This video tells you more about Jamie, filmed before his US run began: 

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