Briton runs 15,000 miles in 422 days, including Middle Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Englishman Rob Pope has clocked 15,000 miles after 422 days during four cross-country trips across the United States.

News 4 first met Pope while on the run a few years ago. But, he was happy to sit down and talk to Terry Bulger again on Thursday, with lots of rigor and laughter.

Spontaneity and curiosity are the powerful pull that made this show an easy stop on Route 70 to Nashville. At first glance, you’d swear it was Forrest Gump. And he had big plans.

“I hit the ocean, then I ran in Chicago, I hit a Cubs game in Wisconsin, Minnesota, on the coast,” Pope told News 4 after running for a year and half.

Pope ran over 5,000 miles in 422 days, now he has a book and the photos to prove it. But since the release of “Becoming Forrest: One man’s epic run across America,” he cut his beard and looked 10 years younger.

“I remember animals living right in there,” Pope said.

Pope spoke of Tennessee’s green in the grass and their green in the bounty.

“They covered my tab and paid for my guesswork,” Pope said. “Most of the time I remember how friendly they are.”

A fact heard from Bulger now for 32 years.

“It was a perfect day and a surprise when we met Terry Bulger of Bulger’s Beat,” Pope said.

A fact reaffirmed by Pope and across the ocean

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