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The Real-life Forrest Gump

For most people, the hit motion picture “Forrest Gump,” was just a heartwarming tale. But to Blakely Hume it was an inspiration to run.

And that’s what he’s going to do around the Tahoe Rim Trail – all 152 miles of it.

He’s not doing it for himself, he’s doing it for kids. The Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe will be the beneficiary of Hume’s sweat and determination.



“It’s to show the kids that anything can be done if you put your mind to it,” Hume said.

Hume grew up on the run. As a freshman in high school, he just ran for fun. That is, until a coach convinced him to go out for the cross country team and that was all he needed – Hume was hooked. He’s been running ever since.




His first encounter with endurance races came in the fall of 1994 when he began competing in ultra runs. The first 100 miler for the Zephyr Cove resident was the Angeles Crest in 1995.

“I’ve always run them on a track, but never on a trail,” Hume said. “There are no other 150 mile circuits in the woods. The first 100 miles are going to be fine, but after that, who knows.”

Now, Hume is looking to put his ability to good use. With his anticipated trek around the Tahoe Basin on Oct. 15th and 16th, Hume is going to use a lifetime of training to help others.

Joining with the Ridge Eagles and the Boys and Girls Club, Hume hopes to raise money to help the area’s underpriviledged.

“I just asked him what he was interested in as far as charities were concerned,” said Diana Schmelzer, Hume’s publicist. “His desire was to help keep kids off the street and out of trouble.

“The Boys and Girls Club was the best avenue to do that.”

Hume has garnered numerous sponsors to help on his trek around the lake. Among the forces enlisted are Eudurox, Camel Bak, Body Glide, Cliff Bar and Cliff Shot and Safe Water Anywhere, who will be donating products, while the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe and Sea Gate Technologies have sponsored monetary funding as well as Switchback publishing and the Lakeside Inn.

Hume won’t be up there in the wilderness alone. There will be 30 aid stations around the trail and help from his co-workers and numerous EMTs to assist him should he run into any problems.

Hume plans to finish the 152-mile trail in 60 hours, and in the process raise consciousness and money for the underprivileged youth of the South Shore.

“It just gives me a chance to appreciate the little things,” Hume said.

If his run is successful, then Hume hopes to follow his cinematic hero, Forrest Gump, in a run across the United States.

Move over, Tom Hanks, here comes Blakely.


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