From February 23 – March 1, 2012, I (Steve Good) celebrated turning 30 by running 65 miles in eight states in eight days and spent $65 in transportation costs via Megabus. The journey took me from Des Moines to Washington, DC (with stops in Chicago, Indy, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, NYC and Baltimore), and I was able to raise $1,500 for the Iron Phi program that benefits The ALS Association and the Phi Delta Theta Foundation.
Because my initial trip was such a blast, I decided that the run should become an annual adventure. In 2013, I ran 61 miles in eight cities in eight days, including Fort Dodge (IA), Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Oxford (MS), Birmingham, Atlanta and Athens (GA), and raised $2,100+ for Iron Phi. In 2014, I ran 55 miles in seven cities in seven days, including Austin (TX), San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola and Baton Rouge, and raised $3,600+ for Iron Phi. In 2015, I ran 52 miles in seven cities in seven days, including Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Asheville and Knoxville and raised $3,712 for Iron Phi.
I’ve learned that exploring a city by foot, publicly thanking those who support you, and doing this while raising funds for a good cause is a liberating experience. People are proud of their cities and have causes that they support. A Good Run has turned into a platform for runners to show off their cities, thank important people in their lives and recognize a cause that they support.