This Detroiter Ran 21 Miles to Send You A Heartfelt Message

Andrew Koper wanted to send a positive message during the COVID-19 crisis. The resulting effort turned into an epic adventure.

Andrew Koper is a Detroiter and avid runner who decided to show a little love during the COVID-19 pandemic in a unique way.

“The fact that it ended up being 21 [miles] just made it into an epic adventure, and a story I’ll tell my kids.” 

Courtesy Andrew Koper
Courtesy Andrew Koper

What he didn’t expect is it would take him on a 21-mile journey through the city.

“With all this bad news, I thought, if I can run a route where my run tracking app could create a shape of a heart over the city, that would be a positive symbol,” Koper says. 

His route took him through Detroit’s neighborhoods and Hamtramck — and even gave him a glimpse of the Faygo Beverages facility, a first for him.

“I knew I could do a big run,” Koper says. “So the fact that it ended up being 21 [miles] just made it into an epic adventure, and a story I’ll tell my kids.”

Click on the player above to hear runner Andrew Koper on his adventure through Detroit.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.