By Pfc Christopher P. Baines, Headquarters Marine Corps – September 17, 2010
Arlington, VA – “ARLINGTON, Va. – A team of six runners, including a triple amputee, are setting out across the United States to accomplish a monumental task known as the Gumpathon. To complete their ambitious journey, the team must travel 3,530 miles through three deserts, four time zones, 10 mountain ranges and 16 states.
By completing the Gumpathon, service members hope to raise $1 million for three separate charities, all benefiting wounded warriors from the U.S. and U.K.
â€œI got the idea for the Gumpathon from having watched the film Forrest Gump about 14-years ago,â€ said Royal Marine Colour Sgt. Damian Todd. â€œI thought of what an amazing experience it would be to run across the states, and while I did it raise money for charity. At the time I hadnâ€™t had anything particularly in mind that was motivating enough and had touched me to do that and I kind of shelved the idea.â€”