Jazzy Jordan enters Tar Heel State one year after friend’s death

| 4/20/2010

You didn’t think a few Appalachian mountains would slow down Jasmine Jordan, did you?

Jasmine, who also goes by Jazzy, is running coast to coast to raise awareness of truckers who lack medical insurance and to raise money for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund.

On Monday, Jazzy crossed from Tennessee into North Carolina, where she ran the 2,400th mile of her estimated 3,100-mile journey from California to New York. She’s continued her pace of about 20 miles per day, even as she climbs steep roads in the mountains.

Jazzy told Land Line Now’s Reed Blackthe mountains are a challenge.

“It’s one after another,” she said. “I’m just going to run every day and get in as many miles as I can and go from there.”

Jasmine is the daughter of OOIDA members Lee and Paulette Jordan of Minnesota, who run their own trucking business and escort company.

She started running in September, spurred to do something important to remember Sheila Grothe, a family friend and driver who died in April 2009 after battling cancer. Because Grothe left her young family with a pile of expensive medical bills, Jazzy decided to take up the cause of representing truckers who lack adequate medical care and insurance coverage.

The Jordans are asking everyone who’s ever run to meet them at the New York state line, where Jazzy will complete the final 8 miles of her journey in Times Square in New York City, Lee said.

But first things first.

On Monday, as Jazzy ran through the Appalachians near Asheville in western North Carolina, Lee watched from behind the steering wheel as his daughter’s head turned from side to side, and looked up at the mountains she passed through.

“She was just looking everywhere,” Lee said. “It’s gorgeous.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

Land Line Now News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this article.