NEWARK, NJ; Monday, June 14, 2010 -- Jazzy Jordan ran 10 miles this afternoon and plans to peel off more miles tonight. Her Newark, NJ, police escort is scheduled to meet her at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. She now has the finish line in her sights.
Barring a last-minute delay, Jazzy is scheduled to enter New York’s Times Square on Tuesday.
Her goal right now is the George Washington Bridge. It’s not clear if she will run that far tonight, but after she crosses the GW, it’s about 11 miles to her big finish at Times Square.
Sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, she plans to cross the finish line in front of the ABC News building. The finish will complete a 3,159-mile journey that started last Labor Day in California.
Jazzy is running from California to New York to raise awareness of truckers who lack medical insurance and to raise money for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a Knoxville, TN-based nonprofit group that helps truckers obtain medical care at reduced prices.
She is the 17-year-old daughter of OOIDA Life Members Lee and Paulette Jordan of Dalton, MN. Most of those miles have been with Jazzy’s dad, Lee, following in his diesel pickup, though Jazzy’s mother, Paulette, and several Jordan Enterprises employees have joined the caravan as they head through New Jersey and into New York.
In April 2009, Jazzy decided she would run while grieving the death of Sheila Grothe, a Jordan Enterprises truck driver who bravely fought cancer while medical bills mounted.
Jasmine has been honored by several mayors, police officials, world class athletes and other dignitaries along the route of her coast to coast run across America. Last week, she ran through Washington DC, getting the attention of one of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet members.
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood called Jasmine Jordan a “true American hero” in one of his daily blogs.
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Jazzy’s website has pictures and information about her run and how to donate to the St. Christopher Fund.
Stay tuned to Land Line and Land Line Now for on-the-ground coverage of Jazzy’s entrance into New York.
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