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The German Forrest Gump makes his way to Yucatán

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Jonas Deichmann poses for a photo in Downtown Mérida. Photo: Courtesy

The man dubbed the German Forrest Gump ran his way into Mérida yesterday.

His arrival in the city also marked the one-year anniversary of his leaving his hometown of Stuttgart to embark on his journey. 

“Today as I enter Mérida it’s been exactly 365 days since I left home and I can’t think of a better place to celebrate this accomplishment,” said Jonas Deichmann.

Through his journey, the 34-year-old German national has run across mountains, swam across rivers, and endured harsh climatic conditions. 

Even before he began his adventure, Deichmann was already an accomplished ultra-marathon runner and triathlete who had competed in events all over the globe. 

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The athlete ran his way across much of Europe and Asia before boarding a flight to Tijuana where his journey on Mexican soil began. 

Just like the real Forrest Gump, a character from a movie of the same name played by Tom Hanks, Deichmann has attracted a fan base of runners who have accompanied him during part of his odyssey. 

A group of Yucatecan runners decided to join Deichmann on his run to Umán and beyond. Photo: Courtesy

But unlike the real Forrest Gump Deichmann’s incredible journey comes with a humanitarian purpose. Through donations and sponsorships, he has been able to raise over 15 USD for a charity called World Bicycle Relief, which purchases bikes for children in Africa who need a way to get to school.

After his brief stay in Mérida and a hearty breakfast, Deichman made his way to Umán and from there continued on towards Cancún. 

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