Lily Huff/The Bison
Sophomore graphic design major and sophomore business management major Madison Blake ran roughly 40 miles last weekend (from shawnee to Del City).
Home is where the heart is, or may- be where the waffles are.
“Waffle House isn’t just a house, it’s a home,” junior graphic design major Jake Patton said.
“It’s a place where you can come and the rhythm and the vibe of the atmosphere resonates with your soul.”
On September 13, Patton and sophomore business management major Madison Bates walked forty miles from OBU to the nearest Waffle House in Del City.
Their inspiration for this feat began earlier that week after a short workout.
“Jake and I ran five miles on Monday; we were talking about [running to Waffle House] in the cafe and we decided to run forty miles just because,” Bates said.
The duo left at 7:30 p.m. and traveled for 11 hours before arriving at the restaurant.
At first it seemed like a regular run, but as the sun set, they realized the task wasn’t going to be easy.
The hardest part for me was prob- ably mile 27,” Patton said.
I started to get some chafing; that was rough. My feet were good to go, unlike Madison who had some blisters, but my body just wanted to quit. I wanted to stop walking.”
For Bates, the pain hit her the following night and she decided to check into the ER.
“I couldn’t control my body; it was going into shock I think,” Bates said. “They gave me saline and they took blood tests for kidney failure. I had a little bit of an infection, but it wasn’t major.”
Besides general discomfort, running all through the night led to a few frightening encounters.
“Madison is scared of the dark even though we had a full moon to give us some light it was still pretty dark,” Patton said.
“The scariest part was when there was a motorcycle behind us and when it came behind us it was very loud. Madison started yelling ‘Gun! Gun!’ At that point, I went into DEFCON 9 mode and tried to dodge all the bullets as Madison hid behind me.”
Unlike Patton, Bate’s fears were more internal.
“I was so exhausted that what was scary was if anything happened I wouldn’t have been able to do any- thing because I was so tired,” Bates said.
Even at their worst moments, they cheered each other on and kept their eyes on the prize.
“What stood out to me the most was that Jake and I have only known each other for a month and we decided to go alone together to Waffle House,” Bates said.
“His encouragement throughout the whole thing was unbelievable. He was obviously hurting just as much as me, but he still made the effort to ask me how I was doing or if I want- ed him to hold my backpack.” Patton said he was equally impact- ed by Blake’s perseverance through- out the entire forty-mile trek.
“Madison and I will be bonded for life now because of this trip,” Patton said.
“I’ve only known Madison for about three weeks and I got to know a lot about her on this trip. I can’t believe that she walked twelve hours through the night in the middle of nowhere with me. I trust Madison a lot more now and I know what she’s capable of. She’s a tough gal.”
Even after the grueling 11-hour journey, Patton has no regrets.
“I would do it again, but Madison would have to come with me,” Patton said.
Blake said she wouldn’t be entirely opposed to taking the trip once more. “Right now I wouldn’t do it, but ask me again in a couple of years,” she said.