Best Of: 2015 Running Trip Recap

The 2015 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 (and Brad’s) favorite moments and stats from the trip. As always, thank you to the many people who supported my cause this year and to my pal Brad Carlson for making the trek alongside of me. The trips keep getting better and better.

Dollars Raised for Iron Phi: $4,894

  • Brad: $1,181.50
  • Steve: $3,712.50

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# of Thank You Sign Pictures: 103

Total Number of Miles Run: 52

Longest Run: 10.3 Miles (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)

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Shortest Run: Knoxville (5 miles)

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# of Cities Ran: 9 (Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Asheville, Knoxville)

Favorite Run (Brad): Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

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Favorite Run (Steve): Savannah

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Favorite City (Brad & Steve): Savannah

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Favorite Landmark (Brad): Duke Chapel

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Favorite Landmark (Steve): Flat Iron Statue (Asheville)

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Most Unique Landmark (Brad): Disco Chicken (Charlotte)

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Most Unique Landmark (Steve): Tommy The Crab (Myrtle Beach)

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Miles Traveled Via Car: Just over 1,500 miles

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Longest Drive: Knoxville to Atlanta (204 Miles)

Shortest Drive: Savannah to Charleston (108 Miles)

Best Bar (Brad): Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville)

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Best Bar (Steve): Griffon Pub (Charleston)

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Best Beer (Brad & Steve): Creature Comforts Tropicália (Athens, Georgia)

Best Breakfast (Brad & Steve): Clary’s Café (Savannah)

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Best Dinner (Brad & Steve) – The Raleigh Times (Raleigh)

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Best Housing (Brad & Steve): Dresser Palmer House (Savannah)

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Most Unique Housing (Brad & Steve): The Tarot House (Asheville)

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Favorite Campus (Brad & Steve): Duke University

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Favorite Campus Spot (Brad): Sarah P. Duke Gardens (Duke)

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Favorite Campus Spot (Steve): Free Expression Tunnel (NC State)

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Best Running Gear (Brad): Body Glide

Best Running Gear (Steve): The Trusty Running Tights

Best Mural (Brad & Steve): Asheville

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Best View (Brad & Steve): Chimney Rock

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Best Sports Moment (Brad): Watching Uga and Smokey run their respective fields

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Best Sports Moment (Steve): Between the Hedges

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Best Stadium (Brad & Steve): Neyland Stadium

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Biggest Risk (Brad): Zaxby’s hot chicken sandwich while driving at night

Biggest Risk (Steve): Disregarding the do not enter signs at Cameron Indoor Stadium

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Largest Running Group: (4) Brad, Steve, Ben & Ross (Raleigh)

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Best Building (Brad): Duke Chapel

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Best Building (Steve): College of Charleston

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Cutest Kid (Brad): Ben Wechsler

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Cutest Kid (Steve): Genevieve Wechsler

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Best Fountain (Brad & Steve): Forsyth Park (Savannah)

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Favorite Moment (Brad): Running through Duke

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Favorite Moment (Steve): Tarot card readings with Betsy

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Best Thank You (Brad): Steve With Betsy

Best Thank You (Steve): Melanie Clayton

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Best Dog (Brad): Daisy Griffith (Charlotte)

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Best Dog (Steve): Zoe Wechsler (Charleston)

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Best Street To Run (Brad & Steve): Jones Street (Savannah)

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Biggest Disappointment (Brad): Myrtle Beach (Particularly the mini golf course)

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Biggest Disappointment (Steve): The Biltmore Estate not letting us in (Asheville)

Worst Weather For Run: Charleston

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Best Weather For Run: Myrtle Beach

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Clutch Performer (Brad): Myself (All humility aside)

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Clutch Performer (Steve): Our dads. Bill Good (my dad) for catching blog edits that my in-person editor (Brad) overlooked. Lowell Carlson (Brad’s dad) for carting us to the airport at 5am in the morning.

Best Decision (Brad & Steve): Inviting Brad on the trip.

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Worst Decision (Brad & Steve): Gourmet Corn Nuts (Asheville)

Favorite Blog Post (Brad): The one that you actually gave me credit for the photos

Favorite Blog Post (Steve): This one, mostly because it’s not being written at 5am.

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