REAL LIFE FORREST GUMP!!!

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Everyone has (or at least should have) seen Forrest Gump, which is one of Joe's favorite Tom Hanks movies.  Forrest takes off from his front porch and runs 15,000 miles across the United States (which you can see below):

Well, now we have a REAL LIFE Forrest Gump... a British guy by the name of Rob Pope, age 39, who not only did it once but FOUR TIMES!!!  He started in Mobile, Alabama and ended in Forrest Gump Point in Utah.  He documented the whole thing on his Instagram page.  He started out with the exact hair cut and outfit that Forrest wore:

HERE IT IS!! THE OUTFIT!! THE HAIR!!!! #forrestgump #tomhanks #runforrestrun #runnersofinstagram #goingthedistancerun #running

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Visited Bubba Gumps:

Fantastic food at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant in New Orleans #bubbagump #therealltdan #bubbagumpturns20 #fortherealltdans

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New Orleans:

The approach to NOLA #bayou #bridges #burbs #Louisiana #nola #saints #whodat

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Louisiana:

All in a morning's run... #smallville #louisiana #marathon #running #goingthedistancerun

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Texas:

Crossing the border and finding a friend! I like Texas already. #bubbagumpturns20 #fortherealltdans #runnersofinstagram #goingthedistancerun #Texas #lonestar

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...and Highway 9 is done! 150 miles in 4 days... #newmexico #roadlife #RUNNING #ultrarunning #wwf #peacedirect #trek #scienceinsport #nike

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California:

Arrived in California!! #california #running #ultrarunning #wwf #peacedirect #trek #scienceinsport #bubbagumpturns20 #fortherealltdans www.goingthedistancerun.com

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Which is 2,000 miles!!!

What it says on the tin! 2,000 miles up! Last 100 miles on sand/dirt was a nice surprise! #mobile #california #running #ultrarunning #trek #Nakd #scienceinsport #Nike #wwf #peacedirect www.goingthedistancerun.com

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But he doesn't stop there:

Hopefully not bust... #trek #Naturalbalancefoods #scienceinsport #ultrarunning #TransUSA #forrestgump

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So...this happened! 4000 miles run in 118 days. More of the same for today. Onto Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and the East Coast! #4000miles #Texas #Oklahoma #Arkansas #Tennessee #Eastcoast #RUNNING #ultrarunning #TransUSA #forrestgump #beard #runroblarun #WWF #peacedirect #eattrek #scienceinsport #Nike #nikerunning www.goingthedistancerun.com

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But it doesn't stop THERE either!

A tough day, but worth it to get to here. A tough 5,000 miles, but worth it to get to here! Thanks for all your support!! @wwf_uk @wwf @beautifulberfa @modelcitizenfund @eattrek @science sport #WWF #peacedirect #5000miles #running #ultrarunning #ruralretreat #Virginia

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HALFWAY!!?! So, in the car park of a supermarket, on the outskirts of Minneapolis, I hit this landmark. Now, everyday I wake up, I have less to run than I have already run, if that makes sense! That's assuming I ever stop, that is... #halfwaythere #livingonaprayer #7624miles #Minnesota #USA Www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runnersworld #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #transUSA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #goingthedistance #makethedifference #keepgoing

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It's another one of those days! 😊 8,000 miles. 225 days of running. 35.55 miles a day on average. If I keep that up, surely I'll come to an ocean eventually? #8000 #miles #7togo www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runnersworld #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #transUSA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #goingthedistance #makethedifference #keepgoing

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9,000 up, wonder when it will be time to stop? #9000 #Idaho #whenwillitend #www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runnersworld #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #ultrarunningmagazine #transUSA #transAmerica #instarunners #runnersofinstagram #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #goingthedistance #makethedifference #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump

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So one day, I decided to go for a little run... Then this went down. #10000 #California #forrestgump I'm not tired yet, but running on empty in a different sense, urgently requiring sponsorship to continue. So... can everyone please share, tag, encourage people to "like" and encourage businesses large and small to get involved. Let's get on board the feel good news wagon and keep going so we can raise a million for the WWF and Peace Direct and have some fun on the way! Thanks for all your help so far, especially Lt. Nad! www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runnersworld #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #transUSA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #goingthedistance #makethedifference #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump

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Mile by mile, thousand mile bit by thousand mile bit...you know how it goes! #12000 #miles #bitbybit #dontstop www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #USA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #Nike #goingthedistance #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump #Forrestgump

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I looked up 13,000 miles in the dictionary. It appears to be quite far 😊 Lovely day for it in North Carolina. Sun shining and snow makes a lovely backdrop! It's a downhill day too! #13000 #mondaymotivation #downhill #snow #sun #northcarolina www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #USA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #Nike #goingthedistance #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump #Forrestgump

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15,000 miles. 2500 x height of #Everest, 200 x the length of Hadrian's Wall, a fifteenth of the way to the #moon, four times as long as the #Amazon and #GreatWall of China and 5.5 x the distance from #LA to #NYC...or...this run, which has consisted of about 400 days of rubber on tarmac. 37.5 miles a day. #goingthedistance. www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #USA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #Nike #goingthedistance #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump #forrestgump

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He trekked across the U.S. several times, easily besting Forrest Gump and raising $30,000 for charity.

...and if you were wondering what 15,000 miles looks like: #goingthedistance #15000 #howlong #newmexico #longwayround www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #USA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #Nike #goingthedistance #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump #forrestgump

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Who the?? What the?? Is that?? Yup. I can't tell either! #runroblarun v #tomhanks #bridge #Mississippi v #Harbor #river www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #USA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #Nike #goingthedistance #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump #Forrestgump

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And amazingly enough, made it home in time to witness the birth of his daughter:

This time yesterday we welcomed the beautiful Bee Catherine Pope into the world and our lives. I, as well as the attendant staff were amazed at how ridiculously well Nadine Strawbridge dealt with everything. I am unbelievably proud of her in every way and we are both very much in love with our little girl. For the statisticians amongst you, she weighed just under 8lb 1oz and started to indicate an appearance 30 minutes into her due date. White smoke was seen to emanate from the chimney at Liverpool Women's hospital, as the assembled crowds gathered exclaimed "Habemus Papam!" (We have a Pope!). Thank you to all the wonderful staff who are looking after us, a testament to the ongoing excellence and importance of our NHS. For the runners amongst you, she's got strong legs and neutral arches 😀 #baby #Bee #Pope #girl #nhs #birthday #love www.goingthedistancerun.com #running #run #runner #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runultra #ultra #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #USA #transAmerica #instarunners #fitness #getoutdoors #road #WWF #peacedirect #Nike #goingthedistance #keepgoing #Forrest #Gump #forrestgump

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What a crazy, impressive guy!  Joe wouldn't even attempt Forrest's run, let alone do what this guy did!


-TheDogAndJoeSho

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