With only 30 miles remaining, the bitcoin backer and founder of Sean’s Outpost, more commonly known as Satoshi’s Forest, is on the brink of completing his cross country run.
Jason King, who has shed over 70 pounds throughout his journey known as “Bitcoin Across America”, has now ran well over 3,000 miles while raising nearly 200 BTC for the homeless, thats right around $130,000 USD at the time of publishing.
While a major catalyst for King’s decision to take on such a daunting task was largely driven by his desire to spread bitcoin awareness, there was another major incentive that kept King going:
“Running across the entire country I’ve been able to see first-hand how bad the homeless situation is, [...] on the Bitcoin front, I’ve been in all of these small towns and people know about Bitcoin and want to talk Bitcoin.”
With the number of homeless people currently living in the U.S. on the rise, King felt that it was up to him to do something. Given his already extensive role in developing the well-known Satoshi’s Forest, which was largely kept anonymous to protect those living in the community; King has pioneered awareness in educating individuals on the way in which people can send money to the homeless by demonstrating how effective the digital currency can be when reaching out to those in need.
King explains to CNET:
“There’s an epidemic of homelessness in America and most people don’t realize it. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that they don’t realize, [...] Bitcoin allows you to open up to a world stage with a local problem. That’s never been possible before with any other monetary device.”
Looking to spread this very notion is what led King to strap on the running shoes and begin his journey in Miami, Florida several months ago. King has now arrived just outside of San Francisco where he will complete his journey while news and camera crews await.
“America likes a spectacle, King told CNET. “And so I figured if I did this run I could create a conversation about homelessness and try to find a solution to it.”
We are told that King’s arrival is estimated to take place tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. PT, appropriately at the BitPay offices at Third and King streets, across the street from AT&T Park.
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