It has been almost a week since Mike Ehredt placed the sole of his shoe onto the pavement of his nearly 2000 mile run across America. His mission for this goal is to remember the fallen soldiers of the Afghan war. By placing an American flag at particular markers along the way he hopes to create a roadside memorial to those fallen soldiers along the way. Mike will spend 81 days on the road, running approximately 26 miles a day. That is a marathon a day.
With social mapping we have the ability to map his goals and progress. Also by posting pictures and videos we have an in-depth view to the sights and sounds on his journey. By laying down each flag and connecting it to the fallen soldier, the map becomes a living, breathing map. Followers can view as a relative or loved one’s flag is placed at a marker.
Mike wants to involve the community that he is visiting, engage others from around the country. Leave comments and share in his experience.
Social mapping has become key in engaging viewers. Local businesses that he has visited along the way has become part of his map, people that he speaks with and the road and journey itself, using videos, pictures, tweets and blogs have all contributed to this map.
What an amazing era we live in to have the ability to have live coverage of such an amazing cause. If you have someone that you know that has fallen in the Afghan war. Now may be the time to take a look at Mikes map. Maybe he has already placed a flag for them.