Nick was aiming to raise $35,000.00 USD for Pulmonary Fibrosis and his efforts were halted by a tragic hit and run!
Nick Ran Across America for 81 days and covered 3,949.73km. He only had 922km to go before reaching Central Park in New York
Let's Get Nick Back On His Feet!
35 hours ago I was on Skype call with Nick (hands free) while he was running when he was struck by a pick up truck. It was a hit and run!
He was flown to hospital where he underwent surgery to reset serious fractures to his right leg and externally stabilise his pelvis. Tomorrow he is scheduled to have further surgery to internally stabilise his pelvis. We are very relieved that he has no damage to internal organs and that the bump to his head isn't serious. Doctors are happy with the progress he's making, however it looks like we're going to be here a while!
Thank you to you all for your love and support, we are very grateful! We'll keep you posted. All our love
The Best Support Team In The World!
Unfortunately this is the end of one journey and the beginning of another. The run as we know it is over, but our support crew has experienced a huge swelling of numbers as we join forces with the incredible medical team at Ohio State University Hospital. As we move into the next stage we'd like to take a moment to stop and reflect on the adventure that lead to this point. Huge thank-you's to the original support team, Emily, Peter, Jeff, Kieran and Sarah for all the incredible support that they have given Nick and each other on and off the road.
8th August 2017
It's been a tough few days but Nick is improving more and more each day. The surgery on his pelvis went really well and we are so grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses and people caring for him. They are amazing!
We are told that he's very lucky to be alive and to have been spared brain damage after being hit by a truck. He's been told that he won't weight bare for 10 weeks while his pelvis and leg heal and that he will be here for a minimum of 5 months. Knowing Nick's determination though, I wouldn't be surprised if his rehabilitation is faster.
Thank you all so much for your messages of love and support and I am reading them to Nick at times when he's awake. I am sorry that I haven't replied to you all.
We are so grateful to our daughter Emily for all her support. I tag teamed her when I arrived and she's flown to be with the girls.
We'll keep you posted, our love to you.
Please click on these links below to learn more...
ABC 6 - TV news report (4th August)
NZ Herald - News article (4th August, 2017)
10TV - TV news report (7th August, 2017)
ABC 6 - TV news report (8th August)
NBC 4 - TV news report (8th August, 2017)
NZ Herald - Another news article (9th August, 2017)
ABC6 - TV Interview with Nick (28th August, 2017)
10TV - TV Interview with Nick (29th August, 2017)
Stuff NZ - A detailed account of the accident (2nd September, 2017)
NZ Herald - More of the story (2nd September, 2017)
NBC4 - Released From Hospital Interview (16th October, 2017)
Stuff NZ - Follow up story on Nick's rehabilitation (3rd November, 2017)
NZ Herald - Follow up story on Nick's rehabilitation (31st December, 2017)
WBNS-10TV - Nick leaves Columbus, Ohio (4th January, 2018)
Radio NZ National Radio - Nick returns home (9th January, 2018)
The National - newspaper article, returning to the UAE (11 January, 2018)
It all ended here...
In the distance Nick watched as the pick up truck moved from the inner lane to the outer lane and then onto the shoulder. The driver held a straight line towards Nick and when he realised that he was going to be hit, he jumped to try and clear the barrier. Surgeons believe that he was struck at approximately 65 miles an hour.
The driver and vehicle have still not been found!
Troopers believe the vehicle to be a 1992-1998 Chevrolet or GMC pick-up truck. It may have damage to the right mirror or right side of the vehicle.
There is a bumper scrap mark along this road barrier up until the point where Nick jumped and tried to clear the barrier. This was the ditch that Nick got thrown into and he could not be seen from the road
The pick up truck scrape on the road barrier
It was a long way up to the road with a smashed body
Initially, ICU and Brain and Spine at OSU Wexner Medical Centre, 3 weeks at The Dodd Rehabilitation Centre and now at home with 'nurse' Sarah. Nick's injuries included a very serious fractured pelvis, bladder displacement, bowel perforation, right hemothorax, an open right tibfib fracture, multiple lacerations and a subarachnoid haemorrhage. He subsequently developed a life threatening osteomyelitis infection. Further complications have arisen over the past four months and further surgery is required to repair his bowel.
This was Nick's Progress......zoom in for a closer look and click through the days to see where he got to...
Hi, I'm Nick. I am 52 years old, a father to four gorgeous girls and I am married to a great kiwi girl. I was a former international hockey player and now spend my time as a Professor of Marketing at the American University of Sharjah. I was born in the UK, but after spending the best part of twenty years in New Zealand, meeting my wife and becoming a resident, I call both New Zealand and Wales home. I love running and especially ultra-marathon running. Some of my most enjoyed runs have been the Marathon des Sables, London to Brighton and the Comrades in South Africa.
I want to accomplish something that has long been a deep-seated desire for a very long time - to run across America!
I plan to run across Transcontinental America from west to east and in doing so raise awareness and funds for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust.