Doctors told the cross-country runner his left leg might heal shorter than his right and he would never run again. They placed a titanium rod in his left leg, stretching from his left knee to his ankle, to help him walk.
Eight years later, he is running. 26.2 miles. Every day.
Thompson, a volunteer coordinator for a church in Katrina-ravaged Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is on a quest to raise awareness for the people he knows along the Gulf Coast who have largely been forgotten a year after Hurricane Katrina slammed the region.
And he’s doing the thing he does best, running — his mission is to complete 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states. He says he’s nearly done, having now logged 48 marathon-distance runs in 47 consecutive days.