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Jessica Goldman Completes Trans-America Run for Brain Injury Awareness


Yesterday Jessica Goldman became the second woman to run solo and self-supported across the United States. Goldman ran nearly 3,400 miles in 90 days and raised approximately $25,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).

“Jessica has accomplished something amazing today, both on a personal level and on behalf of people across the country who are living with brain injury,” said Susan Connors, president and CEO of BIAA. “We are grateful to her for her perseverance and for her commitment to raising awareness and funds for brain injury.”

Goldman left City Hall in San Francisco on the morning of April 16 after a sendoff from city officials, including San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, and representatives from BIAA. She averaged 50 miles each day for most of her journey – nearly the equivalent of two marathons each day. This is all the more impressive considering she carried all of her supplies with her in a modified jogging stroller she affectionately calls “Thingamabob.”

A 41-year old native of New Hampshire, Goldman made her run across the country entirely self-supported, which means she did not have a support vehicle following her with gear and supplies. She carried her own food, water, and clothing as well as spare parts and tires for her stroller, which needed occasional repair.

She documented her run on her Facebook page, “Jessica Goldman Forward Motion,“ and posted pictures of the many people who came out to support her and run with her along the way. She met many people who are living with brain injuries, and their stories are part of what inspired her to keep going on days when she needed inspiration.

Goldman crossed the George Washington Bridge with an entourage of supporters and was greeted at City Hall by family and friends, supporters, and representatives from BIAA.  

To make a donation in support of Goldman’s accomplishment, visit


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