CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two brothers will be running the equivalent of more than a marathon a day for two months – but these Oregon State University students are running across the state all to promote healthy living.
Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby, both students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, are passionate about promoting exercise and healthy eating habits.
“It was my crazy idea to run across the state,” Isaiah, 23, said. “But really the inspiration came from our dad, who has always promoted fitness. It’s been a part of my life forever.”
Jeremiah, 21, says three years ago, he knew he needed to make a change in his lifestyle.
“My biggest exercise was walk to the refrigerator,” he said. “I didn’t want to be like that anymore.”
Jeremiah turned to running, and found a passion for an active lifestyle. He lost 50 pounds.
“After my weight loss, I’ve just been trying to help others and trying to do whatever I can,” he said.
Starting Monday, the brothers will be running about 32 miles a day to visit spots throughout the state to promote health, and to inspire others to make changes in their lives.
“And just think more consciously about what they’re putting into their bodies and the daily activities they’re doing each day,” Isaiah said.
The brothers will weave through the state, covering 1,675 miles, with someone affiliated with the College following them in a van with food, water, and camping gear.
The two will run 5–7 mile stretches at a time, meet the van for food and water for a quick break, then hit the pavement again. They will make stops at OSU Extension Offices in 30 counties to host health fairs, and ultimately will loop back to Corvallis in a 61–day trip.
“The message we’re just trying to send is trying to get people to move a little bit more – to maybe eat a little bit more nutritiously, and to just live more of a balanced lifestyle,” Isaiah said.
The brothers are also promoting the recent accreditation of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.
“I’m a little nervous about this run because there’s so much running,” Jeremiah said. “But I’m really excited. I’m really excited just to meet a lot of people.”
Isaiah says though sometimes he get worried about the journey, the two are well–trained and have gone on long runs before.
“Although we’re promoting fitness and nutrition; living healthy lifestyles, running 30 miles is not necessarily healthy,” he said. “But sometimes you’ve got to do something drastic for something you really care about.”
The brothers are leaving Monday morning at 9:30 a.m from the Memorial Union at OSU.
To follow the brothers on their blog, click here.