Friday, August 06, 2010

Snakebit!

Remember Matt Jenkins, the barefoot runner I spotted on the parkway a week ago? There's good news and bad.  Matt posted a comment on the master competitor site, gave me a shout out for mentioning him and noted that he remembers the church van rolling past...now for the not-so-good news.

Matt was nearing the end of his epic fundraising journey when he was bit by a snake and sidelined.  Check out this report from http://www2.wnct.com/news/2010/aug/04/4/snake-bites-barefoot-runners-journey-ar-323514/; there's also a TV video report embedded if you'd like to watch:

29-year-old Matt Jenkins is running barefoot across the state to raise awareness about state spending cuts. He is in Macon County and ended up in the hospital when the snake bit him yesterday. A nearby couple helped get him to the emergency room. Jenkins was planning to end his journey near Murphy, North Carolina on Saturday but he may have to put that on hold for a while to rest. He tweets every day and here is what he posted, “Mile 672 last night around 11 p.m. Bit by a mystery snake. I feel like I should be fine..."  Shortly after that he tweeted, "Copperhead!!!" And later he posted, "I am still waiting to see what will happen with the snake bite. I am resting and may return to Boone for a week or so, nature strikes!" Jenkins left Manteo on July 14th...and has already traveled nearly 700 miles. Jenkins is running to raise money and awareness for a program called Western Youth Network in Boone, which provides services for children and their families.



Here's another CNN piece on his effort:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/03/matt-jenkins-runs-barefoo_n_668927.html

So let's give Matt another shout out:  You're strong, you'll be back, and maybe the snake bite was part of the overall plan.  We walk a rocky road, the hard part is making the finish line to run another day.

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