Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on May 11, 2013 @ 11:49PM
Created on May 11, 2013 @ 11:12PM
Saturday in Morgantown, former United States Marine Jamie Summerlin held a book signing at Barnes and Noble for the release of his book Freedom Run.
Summerlin spent 100 days running nearly 3,500 miles across the U.S. He shared some of his stories with 5 News and those who came out to the book signing.
He spent two years preparing his 100 day journey, but he said he didn't truly understand the impact of what he was doing until his fifth day in.
"One of the vets that I sat down and spoke to told [the Affairs Officer] that it was the first time he felt like anyone outside of those walls cared about him. For me, at that point, we're five days into the journey and I was dealing with a slight injury at that point, I knew nothing was going to stop me. I may get slowed down a little bit, but I was going to complete the mission. No matter what I was going through I would always go back to those men and women we had a chance to meet and to say 'thank you' to them because they were the ones I was doing this for and nothing was going to stop me at that point," said Summerlin.
Summerlin managed to raise $50,000 for veteran-focused charities during his run.
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