Briton reenacts 'Forrest Gump' run, is feted at lighthouse

May 12, 2017
Courtesy of: Marhsall Point Lighthouse From left, Marshall Point Lighthouse Director Diana Bolton, British runner Rob Pope, Museum Curator Nat Lyon and Publicity Coordinator Laura Betancourt pose at Marshall Point Light.

Port Clyde — Robert Pope of Liverpool, U.K., started his run in Mobile, Ala., in September 2016, following the route of the lead character in the movie "Forrest Gump." After running across the southern U.S. to Santa Monica, Calif., he turned around and headed east.

Pope reached his east coast destination Friday, April 28, at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde. After spending some time reenacting the scene from the movie "Forrest Gump," (complete with the authentic outfit), Pope received a warm welcome and a gift from the Marshall Point Lighthouse Committee and enjoyed a private tour of the museum. He is the first visitor of the season to sign the museum guest book.

Evening plans included the Black Harpoon and a stay with Port Clyde resident James Morris, who learned about Pope's run in Boston and contacted him to offer a night’s lodging.

Along the way, Pope took time out to run in the Boston Marathon. He’s an experienced marathoner who has won marathons in the U.K. and Australia. Now he’s using his talents to raise funds for two charities, The World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct.

So far, he has logged more than 6,000 miles, but he isn’t anywhere near finished. Pope plans to continue running, this time along the northern tier of the country, visiting all five of the Great Lakes, Utah and San Francisco as he traverses the country again.

To follow Pope’s progress on his website or Facebook, just check out Going the Distance Run or Run Robla Run.

The Marshall Point Lighthouse grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. During May the gift shop and museum will be open on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, the gift shop and museum are open Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Long-distance runner Rob Pope visits Marshall Point Lighthouse April 28. (Courtesy of: Marshall Point Lighthouse)
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