CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jamie Summerlin loves college football.
Summerlin, 41, is an avid West Virginia University fan but is heading Friday to the Military Bowl, which will feature in-state rival Marshall University and the University of Maryland -- the same team that shutout the Mountaineers in September.
Summerlin has no allegiance to either team.
And instead of making the three-hour drive from his Morgantown home to Annapolis, Md., he's decided to run the trip on foot.
If you thought a six-year stint with the Marines and a 3,452-mile run across America has slowed Summerlin down you'd be wrong.
The father of two will start at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Shepherdstown at Two River Treads - the same business that provided Summerlin with 10 pairs of shoes for his 100-day journey across America last year, also known as the Freedom Run.
He'll complete 101 miles in 24 hours. His finish line will be at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which is the same venue to host Marshall and Maryland.
"Just like my run across America, my wife and kids will follow me in an RV," Summerlin said. "They will make sure I eat and drink along the way."
Summerlin said he will not sleep and will consume an entire watermelon and nearly nine gallons of Gatorade that he says should keep him energized while en route.
Summerlin, a Braxton County native, served six years with the U.S. Marine Corps and has been an advocate for military service members and wounded veterans ever since. He has supported Operation Welcome Home, a Morgantown-based nonprofit helping veterans find employment, and the Wounded Warrior Project, a national nonprofit that provides wounded veterans with the services and resources needed to live a normal civilian life.
Summerlin and his wife, Tiffany, met while both were stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, in 1995 -- they will celebrate their 18-year anniversary in May. They have two children, Nicholas, 13, and Shayna, 11.
"Yes, my kids think I'm a bit crazy for running long distances," Summerlin said. "I hope to make an impact on them. I can't wait till the day they can share stories about bigger and better things they've done."
While in the Marines, Summerlin reached the rank of corporal. Following his military departure, however, he began working in information technology. Until four years ago, he had never ran more than 11 miles nonstop. That changed when he initiated a five-month training program and began running marathons.
"My first marathon was in Richmond, Virginia," he said. "I liked it."
He then moved on to a 50-kilometer race in Charleston six weeks later. In the summer of 2011, he ran the 77-mile Laurel Highlands Ultra Marathon in Pennsylvania. He has ran many races, including 50-kilometer daytime races, 50-mile overnight races and 100-mile championship races.
"My wheels keep spinning," he said. "When I'm done with one race, I start planning the next ... that's how I am."
Summerlin has ran four marathons in the past eight weeks. His run across America last year was the equivalent to running 132 marathons in 100 days.