Meet the California man dubbed the real-life 'Forrest Gump'

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California Man Dubbed Real-Life Forrest Gump

A California man is being called the real-life Forrest Gump after running across America.

Patrick Sweeney, 36, ran more than 3,300 miles from Los Angeles to Boston. He hit 14 states in almost 5 months. The equivalent of his run is 128 marathons and he did it all in just sandals or barefoot, taking the journey one step further than Gump's character did in the classic movie.

He took the endurance run on for a good cause. During his trek he raised money for the 100 Mile Club charity, which encourages kids to run or walk 100 miles during the school year.

Sweeney is a vegan and says he relied mostly on coffee, peanut butter, avocados and sandwiches to fuel his trip.

"I went into this adventure with genuine faith in humanity and this love for my fellow-man human beings has been strengthened by kindness and generosity I saw on daily basis by the strangers I met along the way," Sweeney said after the 3,355-mile adventure. "I was worried about injury and the journey was tough at times, but giving up was never something I considered."


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Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has an IQ of 75 , but runs faster than the wind. (Photo by United Archives/Ullstein image via Getty Images)
Robin Wright and Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. (Photo by United Archives/Ullstein image via Getty Images)
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