COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A 19-mile Script Ohio that stretches from Upper Arlington to Summit Street is going viral this week.
“We thought we had a good idea when we started talking about it,” said Brian Orwick, one of the men who walked out the large tribute to one of The Ohio State University’s traditions. “We thought some people thought it would be cool, but it’s really blown up.”
Orwick shared his Script Ohio journey on reddit on Monday. Since then, it has been shared by ESPN, the NCAA and many other news outlets.
Orwick was joined by Brett Stone, Daryl Neville and Tim Stevens, who helped plan the route. They said they were inspired by a company-wide fitness challenge they had participated in throughout the summer.
“We did a 15-mile walk in July and at the end of that, we sat out on the back deck and talked about what we could do,” Stevens said. “That’s where we formulated the idea.”
Stevens came up with the idea to use the stadium itself, where the Ohio State University Marching Band performs Script Ohio at every home game in the fall, as the dot of the “i.”
They said it took about 6 and a half hours to map out, but admitted whole project took more than 8 hours as they “stopped for replenishment” at some local bars along the way.
“I would rather bike it next time for sure,” he posted on reddit.
Whether by bike or on foot, the coworkers hope to retrace their steps next year to benefit a local charity. Orwick said they are “hoping to make it an annual fundraiser,” but planning is still in the early stages.