Roseburg (KMTR) - A Marine Corps veteran is doing more than his fair share to help a good cause: he's running across the United States.
Jamie Summerlin, a former Marine from West Virginia, has started a 100-day journey through the country to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project which supports the needs of injured members of the military. He started running Monday in Myrtle Point and will continue until he reaches Annapolis, Maryland.
Summerlin is making key stops along the way to speak at Veterans Administration facilities, hoping to raise funds and awareness. He is stopping Wednesday at the Roseburg VA Hospital.
His wife, who is also a Marine veteran, is keeping tabs on her husband as she follows along in a donated RV. Even his kids are in tow.
“We wanted them to experience it,” Summerlin explained. “And everywhere we stopped as people heard the story, they got behind it. I loved coming into Oregon and seeing as I crossed into each of the counties [signs saying] ‘We honor veterans.' That just seemed to be a ‘welcome home’ for us."
To train for the cross-country run, Jamie Summerlin ran about 25 miles a day for three months straight, occasionally running marathons lasting entire days, stretching 70 to 100 miles.Summerlin’s schedule is posted on his website. Also on the site, you may donate to the Wounded Warriors Project and track his progress by the minute via a GPS tracker he carries with him.