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OSU students running across Oregon pass through Sherman County

Oregon State University is celebrating the new accreditation of its College of Public Health and Human Services in a big way. Two OSU students, brothers Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby, are running 1,676 miles across the state of Oregon in 61 days. They are promoting the college’s accreditation (the first of its kind in the state) plus encouraging all of us to get out and get healthy.

Both young men are undergraduate students at the college, and plan to pursue health- and medical-related careers after graduating from OSU.

The two men, plus driver Shawn, arrived in Sherman County the evening of Sunday, August 24, and were thrilled to stay at beautifully restored Craftsman Inn in Moro (the B&B with the two lions in front, located on Hwy 97 on the north end of town). Local OSU Sherman County Extension staff welcomed the runners with a home-cooked dinner at Cindy & Charley Brown’s home outside Moro. Cindy said she cooked up spaghetti, garlic bread, green salad, green beans, home canned peaches and applesauce and a plate full of cookies….all of which was heartily consumed by the guys who had run from Condon to Moro that day. They need to consumer 5000 to 6000 calories per day just to maintain their body condition, yet both young men have lost 8-10 pounds each so far on the run.

The Brown family really enjoyed visiting with the Godby guys…their folks own a naturopathic clinic in the Sacramento area, and the whole Godby family focuses on healthy living and giving back to their communities in many ways. To raise awareness of natural medicine and encourage a healthier America, he founded the organization, The Run: Moving Natural Medicine Forward in 2011 and ran 3,000 miles on foot across the USA. Dr. Godby was awarded the California Naturopathic Doctors Association’s first “Doctor of the Year” award in 2012.

Isaiah and Jeremiah ran to The Dalles on Monday, Aug. 25 and will be staying overnight at the new Fairfield Inn & Suites, courtesy of Sherman County 4-H grandma Deanna Zaniker. Their next stop is Hood River. They will finish up in Corvallis on Sept. 7, two months after taking off in July for the big cross-state run through almost every county in Oregon. For more information, visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/healthrun/

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