01/02/2014 09:51 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Jamie McDonald, Cross-Canada Charity Runner, Beaten By 3 Men On New Years Eve

A British man who has been running across Canada since last March to raise money for the benefit of sick children was beaten by three men on New Years Eve.

According to the BBC, Jamie McDonald, 27, had his bag stolen in an unprovoked attack in Banff, Alberta, early Wednesday morning. The bag contained cash, credit cards, and footage of his cross-country run.

"I have no idea how I'm going to handle this or what I'm going to do," McDonald told the BBC. "I've got a bit of a whacking headache. I got hammered quite a few times by some blows to the head."

McDonald, who dresses as the D.C. comics superhero the Flash for his run, took to Twitter following the incident.

The Calgary Herald reports that McDonald was beat up by some people he had just met and had been drinking with at 3 a.m., and that his bag had been left in a hotel room downtown.

"I got caught up and dragged into a hotel room and three guys let me have it. I scrambled out and left, and I left my bag back in the room with all my possessions," McDonald told the Herald.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police were able to locate and retrieve the bag with all of McDonald's possessions in it.

For his trouble, McDonald was invited to stay at a luxury hotel and nurse his bruises in their spa.

Bumps aside, it appears McDonald came out ahead in the incident, with donations to his cause spiking reportedly in the wake of media coverage:

(via Deadspin)



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