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 2015, my pal Brad Carlson and 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.
In 2016, I drove the entire Mississippi River with my dad and ran a mile in 50 different cities along the way and raised $3,500 for Iron Phi.
In 2017, my friend Ross Roti joined me, and we ran 70 miles in seven cities in seven days, including Philadephia, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Providence, Cape Cod, Boston, and Portland and raised $3,500 for Iron Phi.
In 2018, I’ll be taking off on my seventh trip and will be running Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Page, and Monument Valley.
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. The annual running trip is my thing, and it has greatly enhanced my life.