Run Carlos Run

I wrote this article for JMC 054: Reporting and Writing Principles, on February 23, 2016.  Click the button below to view it.

Run Carlos Run producer Carlos Ibarra visited the Cowles reading room on campus on February 16th.  As part of the Visiting Professionals Series, Ibarra gave a lecture discussing the production of Run Carlos Run.  “On a big journey such as this,” Ibarra said during his lecture, “the biggest things that came to it was how were we ever going to be able to execute it?”

Run Carlos Runis about Ibarra’s run across the United States.  He started in Brooklyn, New York and ended in Costa Mesa, California, approximately 3,000 miles.  Ibarra completed the run in 75 straight days, averaging about 40 miles each day. During this run, he was on a personal journey to find out what the American dream was to him and to the people he met.

The event started with Ibarra showing the audience clips from his documentary series, then he started discussing the steps to actually produce it.  During the lecture, Ibarra said that when he first got the idea of the documentary, everyone he talked to thought it was insane.  “I had an idea,” Ibarra said, “but I also knew that I had to start re-crafting it and coming up with a new way of what I thought it has become now to a modern society like us.”

The process in which Ibarra selected his crew was time consuming as well.  During the lecture, he said that he could not rely on friends “because we all know how friends can sometimes be.”  During this process, he selected strong professionals that he knew would do their work when it needed to be done.

Originally, Ibarra’s route went through New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, then go south towards Colorado. He soon found out that this route was much more difficult because of the lack of roads and places to stop available. After learning this information, he had to modify the route to go through Missouri and Kansas instead of going through Iowa and Nebraska.

This event was popular among Journalism majors at Drake, who composed a majority of the audience at the lecture.  Among these Journalism majors was Jenna Cornick, who enjoyed the lecture given on campus that evening.  “He showed how many people aren’t controlled by money,” Cornick said when asked about takeaways from the lecture, “They’re living their lives and they’re happy, content, people outside of money.”

If you want to view the documentary, go to and click on episodes.  All six episodes are publicly available.