CORVALLIS, Ore. — Two brothers at Oregon State University left Monday morning to run more than a marathon a day for the next two months – but this is not the first time they have gone on a long journey.
Jeremiah Godby, 21, and his older brother Isaiah Godby, 23, ran across the United States a few years ago with their dad and cousin to promote natural medicine.
On Monday, temperatures were dipping into the 90s, and the pair left for their trek from Oregon State’s campus. A group of followers ran with them for the first stretch, and cheering kids with the Kid Spirit program gave the brothers high-fives as they ran by.
“I’m feeling pretty good; pretty nervous,” Jeremiah said. “I’m feeling excited. Just a bunch of feelings I can’t really even describe it right now.”
“I’m nervous,” Isaiah said. “I’ve got butterflies in my stomach. We’ve done this before, but every race is different. And it’s 90 degrees right now.”
But they prepared for the heat.
“In about a 170 degree sauna – I would jog in place for about 20-25 minutes,” Jeremiah said.
But they have also prepared for the distance. A few years ago, the brothers ran from California to Connecticut with their dad and cousin.
“We had a big RV and we had two support members on it,” Isaiah said. “And so that one we were promoting natural medicine. My dad’s a naturopathic doctor.”
Last year, the brothers did another long run, again promoting natural medicine – stopping at events along the way.
“My brother started off at the Canadian border and I started off from the Mexican border and we actually did that solo with no support,” Isaiah said. “We pushed baby strollers 30 miles a day.”
Inside the strollers were food, water, and camping equipment.
This year, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU is sponsoring the two brothers to run through Oregon to promote health and fitness. The run also celebrates the College’s recent accreditation. They will run on average 32 miles a day, and visit OSU Extension offices in 30 counties to host health fairs.
Despite their excitement, the journey is not necessarily an easy one for everyone – especially their mom.
“There’s so much danger out there on the freeways,” Wilma Godby said. “And they also get a lot of sores and they bleed and physically, it’s a very extreme work that they do and it just kills me to think that they’re going through that, or that they will be going through that.”
But she is comforted knowing that the College is following her boys with a van with food and water.
“I am so grateful with the school that is supporting their goal,” she said. “And also it’s kind of a mutual help that they have with each other because now they’re also out there to promote health and physical exercise and nutrition, and that’s what my boys have believed in since they were born.”
And despite her concerns, she is proud of her sons.
“They say: ‘Mom, you can’t stop us from running! We were born to run!’ And I am amazingly proud.”
To follow the brothers on their blog, click here.