2014 Running Trip – Recap

My 2014 running trip has come and gone, and it’s time to reflect a bit with my annual Best Of blog post. The week was incredible overall, but here are a few of my favorite moments and stats from the trip. As always, thank you to the many people who supported my cause this year. The trips keep getting better and better.

Dollars Raised for Iron Phi – $3,616

Number of Miles Ran – ~55

# of Cities Ran – 7

# of Thank You Sign Pictures – 98

Miles Traveled Via Megabus – 913

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$ Spent on Bus Tickets – $10

Out of Pocket Expense During Trip – ~$300

Best Bar Experience – Rainy Street – Austin, Texas

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Best Bath – Gulf of Mexico – Pensacola Beach, Florida

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Best Breakfast – Cafe’ Au Lait & Beignets – Cafe Du Monde –  New Orleans, Louisiana

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Best Campus Landmark – The University of Texas Tower – Austin, Texas

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Best Cyclone-Related Moment – Iowa State vs. Texas – Austin, Texas

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Best Dinner – Old 27 Grill with Billy Stitt – Fairhope, Alabama

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Best Running Gear – Austin Marathon – Austin, Texas

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Best Iron Phi Sighting – Tony Logan – Austin, Texas

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Best Lawn Decorations – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Best Mural – Preservons La Creation – Houston, Texas

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Best Pretzel – Loda Bier Garten – Mobile, Alabama

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Best Restaurant Pic – Whataburger – Mobile, Alabama

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Best Running Buddy – My Wife (Tillie) – Austin, Texas

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Best Running Path – Houston, Texas

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Best Skyline – Houston, Texas

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Best Snack – Fresh Shrimp via William Stitt – Fairhope, Alabama

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Best Sports Moment – Tasting The Turf @ Death Valley – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Best Square – Jackson Square – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Best Tailgate – LSU with Tyler Abadie – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Best Taxidermy – Goode’s BBQ – Houston, Texas

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Best Vantage Point – Honeymoon Suite @ The River Walk Inn – San Antonio, Texas

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Most Beautiful View – Fairhope, Alabama

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Biggest Risk – Running The 3-Mile Bride Alongside Traffic – Pensacola, Florida

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Biggest Running Group – David Wyble & Ben Putano – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Biggest Warship – USS Alabama – Mobile, Alabama

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Coolest Building – Old Capitol – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Cutest Kids – The Varisco Kids – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Dog That Made Me Miss Home – Heidi Anderson’s Herky – Houston, Texas

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Favorite Cannon – Texas State Capitol – Austin, Texas

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Best Fountain – Bienville Square – Mobile, Alabama

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Favorite Moment – Honoring My Grandfather @ The WWII Museum – New Orleans

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Best Thank You – Chicken Shit Bingo – Austin, Texas

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Hippest Dog – Juan – San Antonio, Texas

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Largest Statue – The Beatles – Houston, Texas

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Longest Traveled For Dinner – Mike & Deb Purdy – 2 Hours – San Antonio, Texas

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Most Beautiful Campus – Rice University – Houston, Texas

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Most Engrained In The Culture Housing – New Orleans French Quarter

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Most Famous Street – Bourbon Street – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Most Generous Donor – Mike Hyatt

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Most Generous Running Buddy – Vinnie Varisco – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Most Inspirational Moment – Steve Gleason’s Rebirth Statue – New Orleans

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Most Serene – Oakleigh Historic District – Mobile, Alabama

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Most Spacious Lodging – Inn on the Riverwalk – San Antonio, Texas

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Most Unique Housing – Airstream Trailer – Austin, Texas

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Most Unique Landmark  – Graffiti Park – Austin, Texas

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Most Fatigued Part of My Body – My Ankle (Day 8)

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