Becoming Forrest: One Man's Epic Run Across America
The remarkable true story of an unrivalled journey to recreate the greatest run in film history: 15,621 miles, five-times across the United States.
'Rob Pope has made his name revelling in challenges that range from the unconventional to the extraordinary.' BBC News
Becoming Forrest is the incredible story of Englishman Rob Pope, a veterinarian who left his job in pursuit of a dream - to become the first person ever to complete the epic run undertaken by one of Hollywood's most beloved characters, Forrest Gump. After his momma urged him "to do one thing in life that made a difference", he flew to Alabama, put on his running shoes, and sped off into the wilderness.
His remarkable journey covered 15,600 miles, the distance from the North to the South Pole and a third of the way back. Over a grueling 18 months, braving injuries, blizzards, forest fires and deadly wildlife, he crossed the United States five times. During one of the most turbulent periods in recent American history, Rob immersed himself in American life. His time on the open road saw him forever changed, trying to make that difference, in the process of Becoming Forrest.
This is a tale of one man who just wanted to make a difference.
Rob Pope is one of Britain's best-known ultra-athletes. He has competed in long-distance races around the world, including the legendary Marathon des Sables, as well as becoming the host of the Red Bull podcast 'How to be Superhuman.' He runs to raise funds and awareness for the WWF and Peace Direct and holds a Guinness World Record for fastest marathon dressed as a film character. He can be found on social media as @runroblarun