Movie ‘Forest Gump’ inspires man to run across America

Barclay Oudersluys runs across the US in Project Gump raising money for charity. He completed his 3,000 mile run on August 15, 2015. (Photo courtesy WCSH via NBC News)


PORT CLYDE, Me. (WCSH) – Inspired by the movie Forrest Gump, a Michigan man ran three-thousand miles across the America raising money for charity.

Finishing his journey Saturday in Port Clyde, Maine Barclay Oudersluys celebrated with friends and family and a bottle of champagne.

Oudersluys began “Project Gump” on May 9th in Los Angeles, California.

Through rain and shine, the 23-year-old ran nearly 50-miles every day for about 100-days.

Creating a page on Crowdrise.com, the determined runner raised more than $11,000 for “Steps,” an organization working to end poverty around the world.

Just as fans did for Forest Gump, people joined Oudersluys along the way, running alongside him and holding up signs in support.

Finishing a day early and exceeding his fundraising goal, the accomplished runner is taking a well-deserved rest.

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