3/4/2014 10:47:00 AM Long distance runners make overnight pit stop in Williams
David Wilcox, Brett Wilcox, Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce CEO Gioia Goodrum, the Public Land Interpretive Associationís Deb Noell, Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center Information Specialist Jan Bardwell and a Forest Service official stand in the Visitor Center lobby. Submitted photo
David and Brett Wilcox leave Williams to run to Flagstaff. Submitted photo
By Deb Noell Special to the Williams-Grand Canyon News
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center staff meets many travelers during the day and recently a family of four (and one four-legged) walked into the center for a visit.
The Wilcox family ran into Williams Feb. 20 and ran out on the next morning at 10:30 a.m. Literally.
Brett Wilcox and his son, David, are running from Huntington Beach, Calif. to Atlantic City, N.J. to raise awareness of the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the U.S. food supply, and to encourage people to work together to create a sustainable and healthy food system. While Brett and David run, wife Kris and daughter Olivia along with family canine member Angel, drive as support and set up their travel trailer ahead of the runners.
The family was fortunate to catch the play "The Taming of the Shrew" while in town, which they thought was wonderful and helped the home-schooled David and Olivia check off one assignment - to see a play by Shakespeare.
Before departing, gifts were exchanged. The runners left with "I love Williams" buttons, bandanas, flashlights and Alpheus Favour's book "Old Bill Williams Mountain Man" for their American History classes.
Visitor Center staff were lucky to receive packets of red romaine seeds from GMO Free USA and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. Those interested in following the Wilcox family journey can visit www.runningthecountry.com.