'Forrest Gump'-Inspired Runner Crosses The U.S. For Charity A Michigan man, inspired by the movie Forrest Gump, is running across America to raise money to fight global poverty. NPR's Wade Goodwyn says Barclay Oudersluys is clocking about 30 miles a day.
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'Forrest Gump'-Inspired Runner Crosses The U.S. For Charity

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'Forrest Gump'-Inspired Runner Crosses The U.S. For Charity

'Forrest Gump'-Inspired Runner Crosses The U.S. For Charity

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

The movie "Forrest Gump" came out more than 20 years ago and it's still inspiring people.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FORREST GUMP")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As reporter) Why are you running?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: ( As reporter) Are you doing this for world peace?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As reporter) Are you doing this for the homeless?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: (As reporter) Are you running for women's rights?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As reporter) Or for the environment?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As reporter) Or for animals?

TOM HANKS: (As Forrest Gump) They just couldn't believe that somebody would do all that running for no particular reason.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: (As reporter) Why are you doing this?

HANKS: (As Forrest Gump) I just felt like running. I just felt like running.

GOODWYN: In the movie, Forrest Gump runs across America, as the character puts it, for no particular reason. Well, now 23-year-old Barclay Oudersluys from Birmingham, Mich., is running across the country to raise money to fight poverty around the world. He hopes to raise $10,000 for the Hall Steps Foundation, which was founded by two professional distance runners. The route will take Mr. Oudersluys through 14 states - that is if he can keep up with his pace of 33 miles a day. He's been running for more than 60 days, and he hopes to finish by the middle of August. All we can say is run, Barclay, run.

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