"Running to School"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

The phrase "Running Around Town" can mean going shopping, or getting a little afternoon exercise. In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson talks with a Grand Rapids High School student who gives that phrase new meaning.

Imagine not having to go to the gas station and pay for the rising cost of fuel, now think about the commute you make to work and imaging running that distance.

Meet Brandon Piekarski, a Grand Rapids High School Senior who runs to school every day. No matter what the weather.

"I've run in 20 below and stuff I'd wear a face mask and I get some cool icicles," says Brandon.

And according to Brandon, the icicles are not the only challenge in the winter.

"It does take a little bit longer sometimes I'd have to change my route if the sidewalks weren't plowed," said Brandon.

This is part of Brandon's Route across town to the High School. Sometimes he has a sidewalk to run on...other times not. So how long of a run is it?

"It's a little over 7 and one half miles one way," said Brandon.

According to Brandon, he's ran over 1000 miles since he started in November. And in compared to his old car, he's saved over 50 gallons of gas and a half a ton in Carbon Dioxide Output.
So with all of this running, does it affect his schoolwork?

"I think he has done a good job balancing the school and his running," said Jodi Piekarski.

Brandon runs to and from School Tuesday through Thursday roundtrip, Mondays and Friday he only runs one way so he can bring his school work home for the weekend. But on weekdays, he stays after school and sometimes past 7:00pm.

"We are pretty proud of him, he's been a good kid and I'm sure he's got a bright future ahead of him," said Brain Piekarski.

In Grand Rapids, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

Also, this summer Brandon plans on running in Grandma's Marathon while his parents will be participating in the half–marathon.