Run With Jazzy

Checking in with Jazzy Jordan — and a rig named in her honor

When we quizzed Overdrive Facebook fans on their rigs' nomenclature, i.e. not just the make and model but the names they used to give voice to that most personal of relationships -- the on-highway operator and his or her machine -- one in particular stood out for me. "I named mine 'Jasmine,' to honor Jazzy Jordan," wrote driver Jim Beine, whose Central Point, Ore.-based Oldland Distributing, 272-inch wheelbase 2001 Peterbilt 379 extended hood is here pictured. ...

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A Jazzy Jordan racecar design; more from the run

Since Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan completed her run across the United States to benefit the St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund, haulers around the nation have used the internet to send out mini-tributes to her historic effort, from posted pictures (such as the one here from Robert Curran, of Jazzy signing his flatbed) and anecdotes on blogs and more; others have custom-designed tribute slogans and placed them in various spots on their trucks and trailers. But ...

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Celebrating Jazzy Jordan, round-up and recap

As I noted in my brief post yesterday, it's wonderful to see Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan looking as happy as she does in this photo, taken just after her 3,162-mile run's finish yesterday in Times Square. Jazzy's father, Lee, had this to say about his daughter's happiness: "She deserves to be that happy. It’s tremendous that she made this." Here here. As I've noted elsewhere, Jordan at 17 is the youngest woman to ever even attempt such a ...

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Jazzy Jordan approaches the finish line

Turns out Lee Jordan's early-May prediction that he and his daughter, Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, would be making their Times Square, New York City, finish point of Jazzy's run across the U.S. to benefit the St. Christopher Fund by a week from today was on-the-spot correct. I spoke with Lee (pictured) yesterday and he said the pair were in Joppa, Md., approximately 170 miles from their destination. "We need all the runners we can between now and then," ...

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Jazzy and Lee rear-ended in N.C.

In Burlington, N.C., on highway 70 yesterday, Lee and Jazzy Jordan were rear-ended "just as we were coming to a stop right around her J" to get ready to run, says Lee. "I had the four-ways on, and I guess this woman she didn't even look." Jazzy has made great progress on her truckers' benefit run across the United States since I ran with her March 30 here in Nashville, crossing the Appalachians and well on ...

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J marks the spot: Running with Jazzy in Nashville, Tenn.

Or, actually, Donelson and Hermitage, both part of Metro Nashville, and then into Mt. Juliet briefly on a trek that was a personal best for me in terms of uninterrupted, long-distance running. I achieved 4.6 miles over the course of the first 50 minutes Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan ran Tuesday morning. The 17-year-old is on her way across the United States to benefit the St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund and highlight trucking industry health needs. ...

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Runner for truckers’ health passes halfway mark

It's been a wild haul for Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, the 17-year-old Olympic-caliber cross-country runner who recently reached the halfway, 1,500-mile mark in her run across the U.S., carried out to raise awareness for truck driver health and health-insurance availability. You will remember Jazzy from my post in November, about her appearance on the Internet radio show TruckStar. She's on her way to Memphis today, and in a few weeks will be passing through my home base of Nashville, ...

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