Runner Brings Message of Healthy Lifestyle to Area Children

Runner Brings Message of Healthy Lifestyle to Area Children

Jim Plunkett-Cole, front row in green tank top, spoke to the students at Woodcreek Elementary School encouraging them to get outside and enjoy nature. Plunkett-Cole is currently running across America in an effort to inspire and educate a generation. Photo by Debi Beauregard.
Jim Plunkett-Cole, front row in green tank top, spoke to the students at Woodcreek Elementary School encouraging them to get outside and enjoy nature. Plunkett-Cole is currently running across America in an effort to inspire and educate a generation. Photo by Debi Beauregard.

Jim Plunkett-Cole is on a mission. Taking inspiration from the 2012 Olympics held in London, he has run at least 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) per day every day for the last three years. That’s right. Jim has been running a minimum of 10 km a day and often more. In 2015, he completed a triathlon every day – swimming 750m, cycling 40km and running 10km.
The 47-year-old Englishman has been running daily since 2013. At first, he began trying to run a total of 3 years, 14 days, 16 hours – like Forest Gump in the movie of the same name. He has already clocked 11,000 miles in the UK. His new goal, to run 20,000 miles through the United States, means that he will need to run close to 20 miles per day, every day for three years. Plunkett-Cole also said he plans to impose a minimum distance for himself of 17 miles per day, to be done in one chunk. He said he’d go further per day if he can, but definitely not less.
Jim started his US run in Alabama, just like Forest, and was recently in Katy at Woodcreek Elementary to encourage students there to get out and experience nature. In his “Talk and Run” visits Jim talks about the importance of daily physical activity, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. The talk is followed by a short run and a fun group photo with the children.
Plunkett-Cole’s run won’t follow the fictional character’s path exactly, nor the distance. He has something else in common with the character of Gump, and just like Forest Gump, he has trouble coping with groups of strangers. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult for him to interact socially with people, especially strangers. He hopes that by talking about it, he will be able to inspire kids on the autism spectrum and let them know that their condition doesn’t need to be viewed negatively.
Plunkett-Cole is hoping to bring his message to children across the United State and recently crossed his first 1,000 miles in America. He will soon head towards the East Coast. You can support his effort at
www.Pledgesports.org and you can follow his progress at www.facebook.com/JimGump.