To that end, he trained and prepared, and was finally able to pull a 3,000-pound Suzuki for 26 miles on foot last weekend. He did it with help from friends and local businesses, which provided him with food and hydration for the 17-hour trek, News Channel 21 KTVZ reports.
As for the cause True is fighting for, he tells the media outlet that he’s trying to shine some light into a friend’s life. He met Kamal, a Palestinian, when he went trekking through Egypt, at a hostel in Cairo. Kamal had had to turn down a scholarship in Florida because he couldn’t get a U.S. visa. Then, when Kamal was offered a master’s grant in Canada, he found out he also had to take a mandatory course in French, which he couldn’t afford.
“His story isn’t meant to end like that,” True says of Kamal. “He’s a good person, and his story isn’t meant to end like that.”
“My parents would always ask, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ Mine was, I just want to change one person's life for the better,” True adds. “It’s not about race or religion or sex or anything. It's just about, we’re all people in this world. We just need to join together and help people. When I met Kamal, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. That this was my 8-year-old self’s dream.”
On Facebook, True offers a bit more details on the impressive feat: 26.2 miles in 17 hours, with pre-scheduled 10-minute stops that were exclusively dedicated to nutrition and hydration. However, by mile 18, break time went to applying vaseline and baby powder to the areas where chafing appeared because of the harness used to pull the car.
By the end of the race, True was pulling the truck on all fours, clawing at the ground. Had he called Guinness to witness the feat, he would have set a new record by 2 hours.