Brandon's Biography

I am currently...
I am currently attending Cornerstone University. I donít have a major at the moment, but I am leaning strongly towards missionary aviation. However, knowing my habit for procrastinating, I may not declare anytime soon.

After I complete The Run, I plan on...
After, I plan on completing my degree at Cornerstone University and do something with my life. Matt and I will co-write a best-selling book, but I doubt his aspirations for a movie will come true. But if they do make a movie, the role of Matt will be played by Vin Deisel or something and Orlando Bloom will play me. The script will get rewritten so we are actually running away from someone and our playful hijinx will entertain millions. Matt will fall in love and weíll both fight over the girl before she gets blown up and we vow revenge on her killers. Thatís Hollywood for ya.

I am doing this because...
I am doing this because it seems like fun and itís a great conversation starter. ďHow was your summer?Ē ďOK. I walked about 3000 miles. No big deal.Ē Plus, Iíve always wanted to do something insane like this because itís a challenge.

I have a few deeper reasons for doing this, but I really wonít know them until we start. By the way, if I seem a little laid back about this whole thing, donít worry. Thatís how I am. But I know and Matt knows that I am every bit as dedicated to this trip as he is. Iím just not the

My first memory of Matt is...
My first memory of Matt is a false accusation. He claimed that I pushed him down on the blacktop and he got a scrape on his face. That was the first time someone attempted to frame me. I donít know what he had against me, but Iím gonna watch my back.

In elementary school we were never in the same classes, so we didnít really get to know each other that well. We played football on the playground and stuff together, but we were more of acquaintances than friends. We did share one thing though. We were ďthe smart kids.Ē I remember one time in 3rd grade that Matt got one wrong on a quiz or something and started crying. I donít know if he was really crying, but that was the rumor that went around. Maybe Iíll use that for leverage against him someday. Anyway, we werenít much more than acquaintances until a day in fifth grade. You see, Pete was (and still is! -Matt) a mutual friend, but Pete just started hating Matt. I donít even remember why, but he would not talk to him. There was a playoff football game at the dome that weekend, and after being turned down by Pete, Matt asked me to go. So I went with him. My memories from that trip include beating some sweet arcade game in Escanaba and walking around the inside of the dome, not even paying attention to the game. I guess thatís what I would point to as the start of it all. Next year we both had Mr. Haight, so like a seed sprouting into a beautiful flower, our relationship grew and grew.

I'm glad it's Matt that is coming with me because...
It is true that Matt is my arch nemesis. It seems like no matter what, one of us is just a little better than the other at something, turning that something into a competition to the death.

The truth is, none of this would be happening if Matt wasnít involved. Heís the one doing all the organizing and planning and Iím just here to keep telling him that Iíll still do it. However, I am working on the route right now, so that counts for something, I guess.

One thing I plan on bringing with me on the road is...
Iím gonna bring a bible, of course, and some other books to read on the trip. I donít know if thereís a certain memento that Iíll take, but maybe Iíll come up with one.

The things I'll miss the most are...
I will probably miss my family and my home the most. I havenít been able to see them a whole lot this year because of cross country/track obligations and my lack of car, so not seeing them for an additional three months and going right back to school will be a little hard.

I am afraid that during the run...
My biggest fear is getting out there and finding out that itíll be impossible for us to make it and discover that everyone is right. My other fear is getting about 100 miles from the Pacific coast and having Matt die or something. Would I drop him off and come back for him? Or would I put him in the stroller and go the rest of way? Decisions, decisions.