You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

Runner follows ‘Forrest Gump route,” covers 2,200 miles for charity


A marathon runner from England completed a 2,200-mile run Wednesday, recreating the route made famous by Tom Hanks’ character in the movie “Forrest Gump.”

>> Read more trending stories

Rob Pope, who lives in Liverpool, was running to raise money for two charities, The World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct, and is taking donations through his website. He arrived in California on Wednesday, completing his journey at the Santa Monica Pier, KTLA reported.

Pope has competed in 18 marathons, but this run that began Sept. 15 in Mobile, Alabama, was the equivalent of nearly 84 marathons. Pope, 38, ran 32 miles per day. He told KTLA that he maintained his focus by singing along to songs that fit the theme of his leg, such as “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi at his halfway point in Texas, a state that took him the entire month of October to run through.

“I guess I just felt like running,” Pope wrote on his Twitter profile.

Pope is an emergency veterinarian at night. He won the Australian Marathon Championship in 2015, and was a back-to-back winner in 2015-16 at the Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, according to his website. He said he was inspired by replicating Forrest Gump’s run.

"My mom, just like Forrest’s mom, isn’t around unfortunately anymore. She just said, ‘Make sure you do one thing in your life that makes a difference,’” Pope told KTLA.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush is in stable condition at a Houston hospital, KHOU reported early Wednesday. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, said Bush, 92, is "doing fine" but did not say why he was hospitalized.  Bush is expected to return home "in a couple of days," according to KHOU.
No, President Obama didn't pardon Chelsea Manning; here's what he did instead
No, President Obama didn't pardon Chelsea Manning; here's what he did instead

It was announced Tuesday that President Obama commuted the sentence of famed whistleblower Chelsea Manning. And no, this is not the same as a pardon, despite the hopes of many privacy and human rights advocates. Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution grants Obama the executive power of clemency. With this, he can choose...
Person drives $385K Ferrari off bridge in Austin, goes airborne for 40 feet, officials say
Person drives $385K Ferrari off bridge in Austin, goes airborne for 40 feet, officials say

A person who was charged with driving under the influence drove a $385,000 Ferrari off a bridge in Austin, Texas, went airborne for 40 feet and crashed into the woods while speeding on Friday night, Austin fire officials said Tuesday. >> Read more trending stories  The driver and two other occupants had only minor injuries, fire officials...
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident

Get-well wishes are going out to Savannah Chrisley, daughter of Todd and Julie Chrisley from the USA series “Chrisley Knows Best.” Savannah Chrisley was driving in a rainstorm Monday night when she reached down to fix her floor mat. The floor mat became wedged under the gas pedal and her car veered into a guardrail as soon as she looked...
Lowe's lays off about 2,400 assistant store managers
Lowe's lays off about 2,400 assistant store managers

Lowe’s laid off thousands of assistant store managers Tuesday, company officials said. >> Read more trending stories  A company spokeswoman said the layoffs are part of a new store staffing model. The new model will result in the reduction of approximately 1 to 2 assistant store manager positions per store, the spokeswoman said. The...
More Stories