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Snakebite slows barefoot runner

Posted August 4, 2010

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— A man running barefoot across North Carolina for charity put his trek on hold Wednesday after being bitten by a snake.

Matt Jenkins has been trying to raise money and awareness for a program in Boone called Western Youth Network that provides services for area youths and their families.

Jenkins has run about 12 hours a day for the past two weeks, but he was bitten by a copperhead late Tuesday in Macon County. He hobbled to a nearby home for help and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The snakebite is a setback, Jenkins said, but he plans to finish the run when his foot heals. He already has run 672 miles of his planned 760-mile trip.

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  • NCStatePack Aug 5, 2010

    Hope he heels quickly, heh heh

  • Homeward Aug 4, 2010

    I'm sure djofraleigh would delete his comment if WRAL allowed it. But please remember that trying to help children anywhere in the world who are suffering any degree of pain and deprivation is not a flippin' competition. Bless the hearts of those who do what they can for whomever they choose, whether they run, bike, or sit and pontificate.

  • mulecitybabe Aug 4, 2010

    Matt Jenkins has been trying to raise money and awareness for a program in Boone called Western Youth Network that provides services for area youths and their families.

    What are you doing, djofraleigh, other than sitting around making snide comments about people who are trying to make a difference?

  • Con Amor luvs u regardless Aug 4, 2010

    Poor fella! My heart goes out to him. He was just trying to do some good to benifit others.

  • FireFaerie Aug 4, 2010

    "Copperheads normally try to get away, not a very agressive snake."

    Not the ones I've been around!

  • djofraleigh Aug 4, 2010

    Must have been running in the grassy shoulder...

    This stunt could cost him a toe or flesh. Would it not make more sense for the media to cover someone actually out doing some good in the world than someone running barefoot. What is the point? We just buried a young man killed in Africa while there to help children. There's a real example. There's plenty more in Africa, Haiti, South America today from this area really helping people. Show us some of that, please.

  • co381stbn Aug 4, 2010

    Must have surprised or stepped on it. Copperheads normally try to get away, not a very agressive snake.

  • twc Aug 4, 2010

    calbadude, "when his foot heals" seems pretty likely to mean he was bitten on his foot.

    Get some snakeskin shoes; that would mean at least one snake won't be biting.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 4, 2010

    I had a personal trainer who recommended me a good pair of running shoes ...so they must be good for something. ;)

    Good luck on the rest of your run, Matt! :)

  • calbadude Aug 4, 2010

    awesome job Matt...don't listen to detractors who tell you to run in running shoes...a copperhead can bite through running shoes anyway...the story doesn't say whether the snake bit his leg or his foot or his arm, for that matter...

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