Stormtrooper Walks Across Australia
Raises money for charity
Australian Jacob French completed a nine-month trek across Australia from Perth to Sydney dressed as a Stormtrooper on Thursday. French, 21, began his Trooper Trek in July and pushed a cart some 3,000 miles, camping in the bush and raising $100,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation along the way. He lost more than 26 pounds, wore out seven pairs of shoes and four sets of buggy tires, and endured 100-degree-plus days and six weeks of rain and hail in the suit. He wore a version of the Stormtrooper costume in a Melbourne half marathon before the trek. Despite hiking more than ten hours a day five days a week, French says he doesn’t actually enjoy walking.
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