SPECIAL REPORT: Jazzy Jordan to run DC with OOIDA, DOT reps

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 6/3/2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010 – Jasmine Jordan will be running with members of OOIDA’s Washington DC office, as well as officials from FMCSA as she makes her way through the DC area Thursday evening.

Jasmine, who also goes by Jazzy, is hopeful that plans work out where she can run through the heart of Washington, DC, at 6 p.m. Thursday – although weather and logistics with local police may alter plans.

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Jazzy’s www.runwithjazzy.com website has pictures and information about her run and how to donate to the St. Christopher Fund.

Jazzy, the 17-year-old daughter of OOIDA Life Members Lee and Paulette Jordan of Dalton, MN, 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.

She began running last summer and continued through desert wildfires, freezing rain and several hundred hours of lonely stretches. The Jordan family made many sacrifices personally and with their trucking and escort businesses to make Jazzy’s goal a reality.

Jazzy has faced injuries, illnesses, road incidents and most recently a collision in May with an automobile that rear-ended her father’s truck as she was preparing for her daily run. Meanwhile, she still keeps up with homework from her hometown school back in Minnesota.

Along the way, Jazzy has stopped and met many OOIDA members, and was also greeted in several towns with parades, high school pep bands and presentations of ceremonial keys to the city.

As of Thursday, Jazzy is 240 miles from completing her run to New York. Jazzy is slated to enter Times Square in New York City in mid-June.

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