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Running Barefoot for a Cause

Updated on November 25, 2014

Run, Tellman!

Having experienced bouts of homelessness himself as a teen, Tellman Knudson, a very successful and popular internet marketer, is raising $100,000,000 to combat youth homelessness by being the first person ever to run across America in his bare feet!

Tellman left Battery Park in New York City on Sept. 9, 2009 in hopes to reach the Santa Monica Pier in 99 days.

The purpose of this lens is to promote Tellman's Cause and to help him get the word out. Please go to his site to contribute!

The "Run Tellman Run" title came from Tom Hanks' movie "Forest Gump". Tellman says people kept joking with him and saying "Run Tellman, Run", so decided to make it official!

UPDATE: Rae Heim, a philanthropic young runner, has made it all the way across America running barefoot for her cause: Soul2Soul. See more on her phenomenal story below!

Why would anybody run barefoot across the country?

A Hundred Million Dollars for Homeless Teens is One Good Reason!

Did I write that correctly? $100,000,000. That is 100 and six zeros, correct?

Tellman has a big WHY - actually about 2 million of them.

The troubled economy, unfortunately, affects teenagers too.

The RunTellmanRun site says there are about 2 million homeless kids in the United States and that number rises every year by about 25 %. That is about 6 out of every 100 kids in the U.S.

Now a hundred Million bucks sure seems like a lot, but even if he raises that much, that's still only about 50 bucks per kid. Obviously it will help tremendously but they need so much. We can help Tellman raise a lot more than 1 Hundred Million. I believe we can. He is incredibly enthusiastic and optimistic about this project!

I would love for everyone reading this to donate 50 bucks at, then come back here and mention in the comments that you helped a homeless kid. I have seen these kids first hand, Y'all. It is so sad! They do not have a clue how much someone somewhere loves them and wants them to be safe. They end up on the streets for so many reasons, and by their perception have so few choices. Many of them just do not have a viable alternative! 1 out of every 3 homeless people are under the age of 18. That is a staggering number! Let's get them back into homes and living a decent and happy life now! These people are our precious jewels - our legacy!

They are at risk for so many awful fates as long as they stay on the street - crime, prostitution, aids, suicide, every issue is magnified a million times to a kid on the street. Some of these kids are young, too - even infants are living out there with their teenage Moms. It is so sad. It is ridiculous! We can help them! If Tellman can run barefoot across the entire country, can't we give them a little hope?

The Book that Inspires Tellman - as he runs

The Copper Canyon Tribe, Chia Seeds, and other stuff to help him on his way....

Tellman says "the best book i've read in years"!

100 Miles and Into the Next State - Lehigh Valley, PA

information from LEHIGH VALLEY NEWS

More than 2 million people under 24 are homeless at some point each year, and 13 young people die on the street each day, according to Knudson's statistics. Knudson said many leave abusive homes.

"It's kind of like a Catch-22 situation," Knudson said. "They have no home, no money, no way to get food and they're scoffed at by able-bodied, able-minded adults who think they're lazy."

Express-Times Photo | BRUCE WINTER

In Honor of RTR moving into PA - and his visit to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA

From PR Web:

"I didn't know that Crayola was based in Easton," said Tellman, "but I'm psyched to go to the Crayola Factory and bring my son, Torger, who will definitely dig it. I hope that people will join my cause and donate money for homeless and at-risk youth. Maybe we can even use some Crayola markers to sign some feet before heading west towards Ohio. That would be SWEET."

Watch Tellman Run - And explain his big "Why"!

Running Barefoot

Tellman training near his home in southern Vermont

Tellman  training  near his home in southern Vermont
Tellman training near his home in southern Vermont

The fun begins at Battery Park - Mark Joyner joined Tellman all the way from New Zealand ~ also in bare feet!

Kudos to Rae Heim - She Made it!

Rae ran all the way across the United States in 2012 to raise money for the charity Soles4Souls

Rae and Friend

Rae and Friend
Rae and Friend

Tellman and Forest Gump - A Match made for helping our kids!

Who doesn't remember the lovable character created by Tom Hanks?

Run Forest! Run!

How to Run Barefoot - Tellman's first lesson

Chia Seeds - For Increased Running Endurance

Along with many other benefits

Facts about Homeless Teens

Approximately half of all runaways were physically abused before fleeing home.

Up to a third of runaways have been forced to perform a sexual act against his/her will.

Half of all runaways left home because of a disagreement with a parent or guardian.

A third of all runaways will attempt suicide

A Young Girl with her Friend - Life should not be so hard

When Tellman runs that last mile - It will be a huge "Feat"

After overcoming "twisted legs syndrome", Knudson set a handful of cross country records at his native Mascome High School in New Hampshire.

The Twitpic Mystery Game - To Celebrate 100 miles

Maybe we should do a game every hundred miles? Or something like that.

Anyway so I doctored up a screenshot from the video of Tellman Crossing a bridge (anybody know what bridge that was?) into PA - also moving into triple digits and making it 100 miles. So I posted this pic on Twitpic and let people guess who and what it was. Here are the responses: (in reverse order)

@LoveRockstar @KarenLKay 100 miles? Yes that too! He passed 100 mile mark and crossed into PA in the same run! Great guessing!

@LoveRockstar @KarenLKay #RunTellmanRun made it to PA (easton), passed 100 miles & was in the Morning Call paper & front of Express Timesabout from TweetDeck in reply to KarenLKay

@LoveRockstar @KarenLKay 100 miles ? from TweetDeck in reply to KarenLKay

Me: - Not Erie, but yes, crossing 2 PA wtg @maggie5565! Will add all who played to Thx!

@Maggie5565 @KarenLKay THAT HES RUNNING THROUGH ERIE PA?? from TweetDeck in reply to KarenLKay

Me: Another hint...this was a LANDMARK moment in the #runtellmanrun saga! What was the moment? Where is he in the pic?

@allmojo @KarenLKay wow... is it a person at all? from TweetDeck in reply to KarenLKay

@internetElaine @karenlkay - Or maybe this is a picture of Tellman running by Lake Erie?

@internetElaine @karenlkay - This is a picture of you running by Lake Erie. from TwitPic

Me: Hint..isn't there something "Erie" about this pic? #runtellmanrun explain 4 for mention on


@allmojo @KarenLKay looks like someone taking a picture in a mirror or of someone else taking a pic from TweetDeck in reply to KarenLKay

@Maggie5565 @KarenLKay It Tellman running Run Tellman Run right? I see barefeet

Me: Nope! It's not a pegleg pirate! but good guess, with it being Talk Like a Pirate day and all!

So who was the winner? Tough call but I have to give it to @Maggie5565 !

Thanks for playing everybody!

Give us a shout! Your comments help the lens get seen by more eyes - and that helps the cause!

Have you had a chance to Run with Tellman Yet? - Do you have a passion for helping Homeless Teens?

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    • peacefulpaths profile image

      peacefulpaths 8 years ago

      I simply cannot remember the last time I had so much fun reading a Lens!

      What a great idea and full of resources.

      Run Tellman Run!

      5 BIG stars!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I cannot imagine running cross country, let alone barefoot. A worthy cause for sure.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow! What a great cause. Lensrolling to my Best of Barefoot Lens on Twitter! :)

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      CCGAL 8 years ago

      Wow. I cannot begin to imagine what running barefoot is like, let alone running so far. Got to hand to him, though, he's gonna get some publicity, and I hope he makes his contributions goal as well. It's certainly a good cause. Great lens about a unique topic. 5* and a fav.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Great job telling Tellman's story -- the power of one! Amazing, huh? blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Awesome man, exemplary cause, and thank you for telling us about it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was not at all familiar with this story so appreciate this lens so much. Thank you.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Thanks for getting the work out KK, and for using Squidoo as your platform to do so!!

      Will pass it on!!

      Great lens, BTW!!