Monday, October 26, 2009

Dashing home, but only briefly

Jasmine Jordan, 16-year-old daughter of two OOIDA members, is home resting a stress fracture for the next three to four weeks. Jasmine found out last week she had a small fracture in her foot, and will take an additional three weeks off minimum.

If you follow Jasmine, also known as Jazzy, on her www.runwithjazzy.com/ Web site, or follow her on the Facebook or Twitter social networking sites, you probably already knew that.

Jazzy is running coast to coast to raise money for the St. Christopher Fund and to bring awareness to rising healthcare costs. The St. Christopher Fund helps truck drivers obtain medical procedures or equipment they couldn’t otherwise afford.

She was midway through New Mexico when the pain required her to take time off and visit a doctor.

The stress fracture wasn’t good news, but it does allow Jasmine to see her family, rest her exhausted body, and sleep in her own bed for a few weeks, said Lee Jordan, Jasmine’s dad and a truck driver.

“She’s doing good,” he said. “She wants to be running. She’s glad to be home but wishes she were still in New Mexico, running.”

Jasmine has grown a healthy following from many truck drivers who have followed her posts on Facebook, Lee said. Their messages are a welcome pick-me-up after she puts in 16-20 miles of running per day, studies, and shares a small camper with her dad.

“The support we’ve gotten from drivers on Facebook has just been incredible,” Lee said. “It is so, so nice. Everybody’s keeping up with her and wishing her the best. It’s very encouraging to her. Every time she reads more she just wants to get back out there and run.”

One runner has become friends with the Jordan family, and has lent his running experience to Jazzy.

The 44-year-old has completed a transcontinental run himself, actually running 3,200 miles in 109 days, Jordan said.

He made a video slideshow available here.

Before the Jordan family left New Mexico, they were able to meet up with Katie Visco, a 22-year-old woman running from Boston to San Diego.

Meeting Visco (pictured above with Jazzy) was very special, Lee said.

“For the first time in history, not only have two runners met during a cross-country tour, but two female runners have met,” Lee said. “It’s just unheard of.”

1 comment:

  1. Today's entry talks about a "friend" who has lent "running experience". That person is me, however... I am not a truck driver. I am indeed 44 years old and ran solo across America during the summer of 2006 at the age of 41 to keep a promise to 97 school children in my hometown of Missoula, Montana. The entire story is at http://www.pacetrek.com/usa. I ran an average of 30 miles per day for 108 days across 15 states on the most northerly route ever attempted, from the Oregon Coast to the Delaware Coast, pushing all of my gear in a support stroller weighing 80 pounds. It was the second hottest summer ever recorded in the U.S. and I ran 3,260 miles - becoming the only person to do it for the sole reason of keeping a promise. I also became the 6th person in history to run across America solo and unsupported from one ocean to the other. I am actually the founder/president of The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation (www.pacefitnessfoundation.org) and all of my journeys are online at http://www.pacetrek.com.

    Also, I did not take the pictures of Jazzy. Her father did. I simply made the music video after pulling images from the http://www.runwithjazzy.com web site. I then posted it on my P.A.C.E. Trek YouTube account so that others could see it. In fact, if you read the video comments I included below the music slideshow at http://www.youtube.com/pacetrek#p/a/u/0/1buZ-7ib7OI you'll see that I explain why I made the video.

    Gotta Run,

    Paul Staso
    Founder, President and Ultra-Endurance Athlete
    The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3404, Missoula, Montana 59806

    P.A.C.E. Trek: http://www.pacetrek.com
    P.A.C.E. Foundation: http://www.pacefitnessfoundation.org
    P.A.C.E. Blog: http://pacetrek.blogspot.com
    P.A.C.E. Store: http://www.pacestore.com

    - 2006 Solo Run Across America (3,260 miles in 108 days) -
    http://www.pacetrek.com/usa

    - 2008 Solo Run Across Montana (620 miles in 20 days) -
    http://www.pacetrek.com/montana

    - 2009 Solo Run Through Alaska (500 miles in 18 days) -
    http://www.pacetrek.com/alaska

    - Next Trek: March 2010, a 500-mile Solo Run Through Germany -
    http://www.pacetrek.com/germany (site in development)

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