For Barclay Oudersluys, “Forrest Gump” is more than a beloved character or the title of his favorite film: It's his inspiration.
Oudersluys, who hails from Michigan, recently set off on an ambitious cross-country run, following in the footsteps of his fictional hero.
Oudersluys told the Detroit Free Press the idea to attempt the 3,200-mile journey came to him on a whim.
He's also raising money for charity: His goal is to raise $10,000 for The Hall Steps Foundation, a nonprofit focused on public health and poverty in developing countries.
Since beginning his trip on May 9, Oudersluys already raised nearly $3,500. By the time he finishes his 100-day journey on August 16, he will have probably raised more than his $10,000 goal.
Oudersluys hopes his determination will catch the attention of Tom Hanks, the actor who played Gump in the 1994 film.
You can keep up with Oudersluy's cross-country race by following his Twitter and donate to his charitable cause here.
Oudersluys told New York Daily News, "[Forrest Gump] had a really interesting life, and I'm trying to copy that."
He runs at least 30 miles each day.
And each night, he sleeps in a van.
Keep track of his travels on Twitter.
Citations: Michigan Runner on Forrest Gump from California to Maine (NY Daily News), Real Life Forrest Gump Birmingham Native Is Running (Free Detroit Press)