A runner went to extraordinary lengths to make a map that celebrated the Warriors’ recent NBA championship win, and he’s getting plenty of attention for it.
Jim Plunkett-Cole, a 48-year-old running enthusiast, ran an astounding 50 miles in the San Francisco area during the weekend of June 13.
A path of his finished run spelled out “Warriors 2017 NBA Champs.”
He posted the map to social media, and the rest is history.
Plunkett-Cole told The Washington Post that he was in the area when the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and secured the victory. He also witnessed the excitement of fans who had been following the tournament.
“The whole city just went absolutely bonkers,” Plunkett-Cole said in a phone interview. “I could just see this was such a huge, huge thing, and I felt quite inspired to do some sort of tribute in my normal way.”
That tribute turned out to be a unique way to mark the victory, and one that not too many people could pull off.
The day after the Warriors’ win, he got a map of the area, and plotted his journey. And a journey it was. After all was said and done, he had run just over 50 miles.
Plunkett-Cole is in the middle of trying to duplicate the famous run from the movie “Forrest Gump.” He’s not interested in taking the same route as the character did in the movie, but he does want to cover about 20,000 miles.
According to his calculations, he would need to run 17 miles a day for three years to reach 20,000 miles. That’s quite a lofty goal.
He also promotes healthy living and visits elementary schools, encouraging kids to be active.
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Along with raising awareness of his “Forrest Gump” run, he said “drawing” the maps breaks up the monotony of his daily runs.
We wish him all the best.
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