Super U.S Run. Solo. Unsupported.Jamie McDonald is running right across America, one step at a time.
An unsupported, solo run right across the USA – and a World Record Announcement!
After his 210 marathon US run for sick kids ends, real-life superhero ‘Adventureman’ will attempt 7 day, 500+ mile, non-stop treadmill run Guinness World Record
32 year old real-life superhero, world record holder and Pride of Britain Award-winner Jamie McDonald, AKA Adventureman, is nearing the end of his 5,500 mile, 210 marathon coast-to-coast fundraising run across the United States. He aims to complete the adventure on Wednesday the 27th March in Gloucester, Massachusetts – and will, just one month later, attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘the greatest distance covered on a treadmill within one week’, in his hometown of Gloucester, UK.
‘Adventureman’ has already raised more than $150,000 for sick kids since the start of his epic 210 marathon US run, having set an ambitious $1m target. The fundraising adventurer, who has a rare spinal condition that kept him in and out of hospital as a child, has raised more than $1m for sick kids over the last five years, and hopes to encourage further donations as part of a World Record attempt, just one month after he hopes to complete the US adventure.
Having already raised more than $500,000 for children’s hospitals around the world as a result of his headline-grabbing coast-to-coast run across Canada in 2014, which spawned a #1 best-selling travel book, 32-year-old Jamie McDonald has the finishing line of his latest solo country-spanning run in his sights. But beyond that, he has a record very few have attempted on his mind.
What: A sanctioned and approved Guinness World Record attempt for ‘the greatest distance covered on a treadmill within one week’
When: From 1pm, Monday 29th April 2019 – 1pm, Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019 (Jamie will be back in the UK in mid-April, and then preparing for and helping to organise the challenge)
Where: Merchants Square, Gloucester Quays
Current record: The greatest distance run on a treadmill in one week is 513.97 miles (827.16km) and was achieved by Marcio Villar (Brazil) at the Américas Shopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 28 June to 4 July 2015
Jamie, 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 solo and without a support crew at the westernmost point of the United States – Cape Alava in Washington. Jamie is running as his alter-ego Adventureman, in just one specially-made superhero costume designed by young supporter Conner Reddy, then just 10 years old.
Jamie has been making regular stops at the children’s hospitals he is helping and hopes to inspire people along the way.
The route he has run can be seen here on his real-time, always-on tracker: z6z.co/adventureman
Having passed The White House in late February, Jamie has run almost 200 marathons as of the 5th April, recently even running 75 miles – just shy of three marathons – in one day. His destination, hometown-namesake Gloucester, is ‘just’ 12 marathons away on the coast east of Boston, in Massachusetts.
He has done more than 11m steps according to his tracking watch since the beginning of the adventure.
Jamie’s global goal is to ensure no child goes without treatment they need but can’t access or afford. He has been raising money for hospitals in each state he runs through, as well as the registered charity he co-founded and volunteers his time for, Superhero Foundation. It grants money to families for treatment they might not otherwise be able to have or afford, having helped fundraise and grant more than £300,000.
In December 2012, Jamie broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘longest marathon static cycle’, cycling in place for more than eleven days. More about that record can be found here.
Supporters around the world can easily 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.
Jamie McDonald said,
“This adventure doesn’t end in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It ends in my hometown of Gloucester, in the UK, the second I step foot off that treadmill, another 500 or so miles later. I hope it’s with another world record under my belt, but I have to be prepared for the fact that it might not be.
“I will need to run more than 73 miles a day for seven days to even equal the current record. The equivalent of three marathons a day for a week is terrifying, but I’ll never be in better shape to try.
“I’ve run through freezing rainforest downpours and the Arizona desert summer. I’ve been caught up in a freak flood that devastated a town, camped in places surrounded by bears, cougars, mountain lions, spiders and snakes – if I didn’t have video proof even I’m not sure I’d believe me! – and I’ve listened to some heart-breaking stories from the children I’ve met in hospitals over the last five thousand miles. But each injury and each twist and turn has only made me stronger and more determined.”
“I’m nearly at the end of the US leg of the challenge, but again, I can’t count my chickens! I hope people will still continue to support me as I pick up where I left off in Gloucester, Massachusetts, after a couple of weeks in the UK with my family. All I can ask is, please do keep donating. My fundraising goal was $1m, and although we’re some way off that right now, I’m still holding out hope we can get closer to it! Please keep sharing, and please keep believing that we can make the world a better place for sick kids everywhere.”
Before the 5,500 mile coast-to-coast US run:
For the last four years, Jamie, now 32, has been working tirelessly to give back. 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.
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Jamie regularly livestreams and posts videos on his social media:
- Severe flooding and helicopter rescue
- Jamie confused for a ‘Mexico border drug runner’
- A rattle snake striking!
- Mountain lion, scorpions and spiders
- Monsoon and lightning strike
- A cop waking Jamie up, ordering to come out of his tent with his hands first
A link to all the original videos are here via dropbox.
This video tells you more about Jamie:
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