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According to Centives, Forrest Gump’s running route began on October 1, 1979 and took 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours to complete. While we don’t think any of our Y members have trained long and hard enough to cover the mind-blowing  feat of 15,248 miles, we do know he hit a lot of great towns along the way. The cities below are just a few stops along Mr. Gump’s scenic tour with a few Ys nearby that may or may not look familiar to you. 

Greenbow, Alabama. Having trouble googling it? You’re not crazy—it’s a town that doesn’t exist. However, we’re guessing this fictional town might be close to the YMCA of South Alabama. Be sure to check out their running programs and more. 

Santa Monica, California. Forrest headed out west and made it as far as the Pacific Ocean. Members at the YMCA of Santa Monica will enjoy the same spectacular views after enjoying one of their many fitness programs. 

Port Clyde, Maine. Remember the scene where Forrest reaches the lighthouse, turns back around, and keeps running? We think it’s an awesome moment too. Members in the Pine Tree State can enjoy running indoors at the Boothbay Region YMCA when the weather starts to get a little chilly. For tips on running outside during the winter, be sure to read about Tips for cool Runners.  

Glacier National Park. Our titular movie hero makes it all the way to Montana at the St. Mary’s Entrance for some fresh air. You also don’t want to miss the Missoula Family YMCA about 3 hours south with programs such as volleyball and wall climbing to complement your running routine. 

Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Forrest comes around the bend in this scene of the film, and locals not surprisingly named the stretch, “Forrest Gump Curve.” The nearby Williams YMCA of Avery County has a great program for kids ages 8 – 12 in the Young Runners program.  

We found these nearby Ys using our Find Your Y feature. If you’re moving to a new town and want to join a running group or hop on a treadmill, you can find a Y any time of the day.

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