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The Gumpathon

10 September 2010

6 men, 8 weeks, 3520 miles across America - running coast to coast to raise money for charities supporting injured service men and women on both sides of the Atlantic.

On September 10th, six men from three of the world's finest military forces (the Royal Marines, British Army and the US Marine Corps) began a coast to coast run across America to raise funds for injured service men and women in both the UK and the USA. The 'Gumpathon' (named after the hit film Forrest Gump) team will cross sixteen States, four different time zones and run approximately 3530 thousand miles in 2 months.  

One of the Gumpathon members is Marine Mark Ormrod, who was left with serious permanent disability following his tour of Afghanistan when he stepped on a land mine. Mark became the first triple amputee of the war, however he will be running alongside the team, as far as he can each day.

The Gumpathon

The Gumpathon journey began at The USS Intrepid in New York City. Seeing them off, Acting Consul General, Dominic Meiklejohn noted "British and American service men and women fight and sacrifice together. It's great to see them working together to help both country's veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan." Colour Sargeant Damian Todd, Royal Marines, who came up with the idea for the Gumpathon, aims to raise £1m for each of their three chosen charities: The Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund and Help for Heroes in the UK, and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund in the United States. The team expect to finish on November 11th at Santa Monica Pier.

The Gumpathon

Iconic British brand Jaguar Land Rover donated two support vehicles for the Gumpathon team - a 2010 LR4 and a 2010 Range Rover Sport.

For a detailed description of the entire team, project and their progress, please visit the Gumpathon website.

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