NORTH BERGEN, NJ, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 -- Jazzy Jordan ran a total of 25 miles on Monday, putting her within a 14-mile striking distance of a spectacular finish in Times Square sometime today.
Barring a last-minute delay, Jazzy is scheduled to enter New York’s Times Square today. 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 driver who bravely fought cancer while medical bills mounted.
She ran last night from Newark to North Bergen, just about three miles from the George Washington Bridge. After she crosses the GW this morning, it’s about 11 miles to her big finish at Times Square. She was escorted last night by a convoy of trucks, police and fire department supporters along with friends and family and one very special person – Sheila Grothe’s husband.
Land Line Staff Writer Charlie Morasch is on the ground with Jazzy and ran nearly 9 miles with her Monday night. She had run 10 miles earlier in the day, took a break and peeled off 15 more miles yesterday evening.
“She is really excited and had a big smile on her face when we crossed the Passaic and she saw all the New York buildings,” Morasch reported late last night from New Jersey.
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.
Staff Writer Charlie Morasch contributed to this report.