Army Veteran Stops in Southwest Missouri While Attempting to Run Across America

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 06/11 2014 08:42PM

Updated 06/11 2014 10:32PM

PURDY, MO.--- "It's been educational, somewhat humbling," said Jim Shiew, Running Across America 

With every step Jim Shiew takes, he's that much closer to history. 

"I'll be the oldest person, and I'll be by myself," said Shiew. 

The 70-year-old is attempting to run across America. He started last November in Colorado. Now, more than 2,000 miles into his journey, today's leg went from Fairview to Purdy.  

"Self satisfaction of course, If I can finish it. Still haven't done anything yet. I decided I better do it before I got too old, so that's what I'm doing," he said. 

"I know a lot of 70-year-old people that don't even walk to the mailbox. And this guy decided to run across America for a good cause," said Sid Oliver, Fairview Mayor.
Jim's motive for the run, to honor a friend, and fellow soldiers.

"Had a friend that past away, I've got his name on my van. As far as veterans, just in general," said Shiew.
Jim is an Army veteran himself and his run is sponsored by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides financial assistance to veterans.    

"They get injured, some of them get killed. Make people aware that the veterans do need help," said Shiew.
Shiew is still more than one thousand miles away from his final destination in Virginia Beach, Virginia. If you see him, he'll be the man with a flag on his arm and leg, every step of the way.      

"I'm too far along now to stop. I've got to keep going. It will be something that I wanted to do for a long time and it will be quite an accomplishment," he said. 

"Go Jim, you're doing a great job," said Mayor Oliver. 

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