Gary Good and his two whippets, Rico and Izzy, are well-known in the northwest Oklahoma City neighborhoods they run through.
Good, 64, runs almost daily with his two dogs. And for the past 31 years, Good has ran in the Redbud Classic, which is Saturday and Sunday.
“I grew up just north of Nichols Hills, so it’s in my stomping grounds,’’ Good said of the annual running event that raises money for a non-profit each year.
This year’s beneficiary is Anna’s House Foundation, which supports children in foster care.
Good missed the first Redbud Classic in 1983. That was the same year Good decided to change his lifestyle and start running.
A wrestler in high school, Good quit exercising after starting a career in the music business. At age 20, he became a booking agent and later joined a band. He eventually formed his own band, Gary Good and Company, and played in the band for more than a decade.
“I was living that life all through my 20s,” Good said. “That was kind of unhealthy living for me. I decided I was going to change a bunch of stuff and running was going to be a part of it.”