1,500 miles down, 1,500 to go for runner Jazzy Jordan

| 2/9/2010

Lee Jordan called Land Line offices from his truck Tuesday, Feb. 9, as daughter Jasmine Jordan ran ahead on the shoulder of Texas Highway 67.

“Jazzy just hit the halfway point – 1,500 miles. She is just soaking wet; it’s pouring down rain right now,” said Lee, laughing. “It was that way in the morning run, too. She was just drenched.”

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

Jazzy is the daughter of OOIDA members Lee and Paulette Jordan of Minnesota. When she hit mile 1,500, she was nearing Omaha, TX, and fast approaching the Texas-Arkansas border.

Jazzy has been escorted by police officers and firefighters during her 17- to 20-mile daily running load, and she has met truck-driving supporters along the way. Lee and Jazzy have been staying at campgrounds at night, when she catches up with schoolwork while out on the road.

Though she’s only halfway done, the journey has already been quite an accomplishment for the high school junior. She began her journey in California on Labor Day weekend.

“846 miles of Texas – it doesn’t seem that much anymore,” said Lee. “Other than the six weeks she had to take off for the stress fracture, she’s been steady.”

On Tuesday, the Jordans announced they were challenging truckers to donate $10 to the St. Christopher Fund, which helps truck drivers obtain medical care and procedures at reduced prices.

“If we can get 150 truckers to give $10, that will be $1,500 for the St. Christopher Fund,” Lee said.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer