Keep Forrest running across America

$16,837 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 140 people in 26 months
Rob 'Scally' Pope
on behalf of Going the Distance
Hi guys, my name is Robert. Robert Pope. One day, for two very good reasons, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. I figured since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did I ran clear across Alabama. For those two particular reasons, I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. When I got there, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well
turn around, just keep on going. 
2,230 miles later I stand on Santa Monica Pier, looking east. I am the first person to try and complete the run that Forrest Gump did in the film and I'm still going!
My two "particular reasons" are the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct. We are running to help double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022 and to bring peace and stability to communities across the world. I funded the first leg of the run myself, using my life savings to buy an old RV and to fuel this and myself to reach the ocean. Unfortunately these will run out very soon. If I can complete all 5 crossings (15,248 miles!) in the next year and a bit, I expect to raise over a MILLION dollars, but to do that I have to get there and this is where I need your help. Any money raised over the amount needed will go directly to the charities. I have a website ( where you can follow my progress and blog and all my social media can be accessed from there too. I am happy to produce specific content on request (Good luck messages, happy birthdays, anniversaries, photos and I'll even wear supplied shirts/crazy costumes if you can get them to me) or even do public appearances/speaking en route. Also, if any runners want to join us for any part of this, please get in touch via the website. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you will be inspired to help this mission to help us reach our goal of raising seven figures for charity and create the craziest running adventure yet.

P.S. I AM growing the beard :D
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Hi guys! So it's the fifth leg now! Though I didn't quite reach my funding target, I am still moving forward and I wouldn't have gotten this far without your help. I'd appreciate it now if you could direct your donations to my two wonderful charities - Peace Direct and the WWF. You can do that by following the links on my website, I understand that some of you may still want to donate to keeping the run going, so if that's the case, or if you donate to the causes, thanks! You're all wonderful.
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Hi everyone! I'm still on the road and I'm now at the 8,500 mile mark. 1,500 or so away from San Francisco. When we get there I'll make a decision on whether to carry on, which will most likely be finance based, sad to say. Thanks to all of you who've helped get me this far and to let you know that it's really appreciated! Hopefully we can continue on the run which will allow us to reach the million dollar or even pound target for our charities. Sew you in the desert of Utah, if we get there!
500 miles of Montana left!
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So I've reached a second ocean! I've turned around and I'm heading west. Thanks to those who have kindly donated, I should be able to get halfway to another ocean. With your support, together we can achieve something truly remarkable and raise the million for the causes!!
Thanks again,
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Hi guys, I've turned round and ran right across California. I'll pass through Vegas, Phoenix, Las Cruces, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville and all along the Eastern Seaboard and that's only on this leg! In order to raise the million dollars plus for the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct, I just need your help!
What Forrest would have seen on SM Pier!
I ran 'cross the great state of Alabama!
Where it began!
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$16,837 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 140 people in 26 months
Created February 2, 2017
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3 months ago
Stuart Smith
11 months ago

I have loved following your run across the States, from the comfort of my armchair in Cheshire. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Awesome story and obviously a top bloke too. Bravo....

11 months ago
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