Trans-Continental Barefoot Runner Hoofin' it Through Northeastern New Jersey, September 13 - 18, 2009

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Tellman Knudson, running barefoot from New York to Los Angeles to raise $100 million for homeless youth, to cruise through Livingston, Florham Park, Mendham, Chester, Long Valley, Phillipsburg.

Knudson gets a police escort through Passaic, N.J. on September 11, 2009.

I’m embarking on this adventure to not just challenge myself but primarily to raise money for homeless youth

Just four days into his record-setting barefoot run across America, Tellman Knudson will pass through several northeastern New Jersey towns as he makes his way west to Los Angeles.

Tellman began his history-making run on September 9 at Battery Park City in New York City. Unlike the 200+ people who have run across the United States before him, Tellman is running barefoot, a first. Planning to run an average distance of a marathon per day, he should reach the Pacific Ocean in California by January.

“I’m embarking on this adventure to not just challenge myself but primarily to raise money for homeless youth,” says Tellman. “The people of New Jersey have been awesome so far, very supportive. Give me a honk if you see me on the road!"

Look for the RunTellmanRun van, bedecked with the black and white logo, on Tellman’s route into town. You can track his exact location by visiting his GPS-location device at http://www.runtellmanrun.com/route-map. Tellman himself is hard to miss - long, scraggily hair managed by a white bandana, a bushy goatee and bare feet are his uniform.

Media are welcome and encouraged to meet with Tellman along his route. To schedule an interview or photo shoot, please contact Luke Stafford, On-the-Ground PR Super Ninja, at luke@runtellmanrun.com or 802-275-2749.

For more information, including past press releases, prior media coverage and Tellman's bio, visit the RunTellmanRun website.

About Tellman Knudson:

Tellman Knudson, 32, is a serial entrepreneur who has had great success in internet marketing. He is CEO of OvercomeEverything, ListBuildingClub and several other ventures. Tellman learned to leverage his ADHD, a condition that hinders many, to his creative and financial benefit. He has even been CEO of a busy hypno-therapy practice. Tellman was born with, but has overcome femoral antiversion, a crippling leg condition that made simple walking difficult. He dedicated his high school years to running, by competing in cross country and by running the 7 miles to and from school each day. By strengthening his leg muscles, his condition eventually corrected itself without invasive surgery. He went on to set records in his school and even competed for the state title. Tellman resides in Vermont with his wife and long-time partner, Jodi Meehan, and toddler son, Torger.

About RunTellmanRun:

Tellman Knudson seeks to be the first person to run across America barefoot. He began his 3,200+ mile journey in Battery Park, New York on September 9 and heads west, running the equivalent of one marathon a day. The route follows historic Route 66 for much of the way, with stops in Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Phoenix and finishing on the pier in Santa Monica, California.

About Youth Homelessness:

Over two million youth (between the ages of 12 and 24) will experience at least one episode of homelessness each year and over 100,000 youth sleep on the street for six months or more in America. The vast majority of homeless, street-dependent youth will experience amplified risk of exposure to physical assault, rape, sexual exploitation, recruitment into gangs, and deepening mental health illnesses. Tellman Knudson has set a goal of raising $100 million dollars to help create the programs to reduce the risk these youth face on a daily basis, help get them off the streets, and rebuild their lives.

About Covenant House:

RunTellmanRun is proud to announce Covenant House, a New York-based organization that provides shelter and other services to homeless youth, as a beneficiary of funds. Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas helping homeless kids, providing crisis care and ongoing support at 21 facilities internationally. For more information, visit http://www.covenanthouse.org, or visit http://www.NINELINE.org or call the Covenant House NINELINE (1-800-999-9999).

Run 10 with Tellman:

Join Tellman Knudson for a 10K (6.2 mile) section of his journey across America. Organized running events are planned for major cities along the route. Visit http://www.runtellmanrun.com/run10 for a complete listing of events.    

Donate:

To make a donation, visit http://www.runtellmanrun.com and help end youth homelessness.

For more information about the mission or to schedule an interview with Tellman Knudson, please contact luke (at) untellmanrun (dot) com.

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