On Thursday, May 23, the West Library Commission State Library Services will host ultra-marathoner and Marine Corps veteran Jamie Summerlin for a Literary Lunch presentation of his book Freedom Run: A 100-Day, 3,452-Mile Journey Across America to Benefit Wounded Veterans. Mr. Summerlin, a Morgantown resident from Burnsville, West Virginia, will have copies of his book available to purchases and will sign copies. Literary Lunch is a noon event and is free and open to the public.
Freedom Run tells of Summerlin’s 2012 transcontinental run across America and the heartfelt stories of courage and determination from the U.S. veterans he met along the way. With light humor and great emotion, Summerlin provides the many elements involved in preparing for and accomplishing his journey, as well as some of the milestones and people who shared the experience with him. While many have attempted to run across the country, few have completed it. Mr. Summerlin became the 48th person known to have finished a true coast-to-coast-run in America.
Mr. Summerlin had another motivation for making his way across the county on foot. As a veteran, he wanted to recognize the men and women who defend our country. Mr. Summerlin captured the attention of individual and corporate sponsors to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and other veteran-based charitable organizations during his run.
For more information about this event, or other West Virginia Library Events, check out the Events Calendar or call 304-558-2045.