A man who once struggled with addiction now gets his high off running. And he's attempting a major cross-country feat to raise awareness to the struggle against addiction, and to honor those he knew who lost the fight.
Callup McCoy is running the entire Trail of Tears, from North Carolina to Oklahoma.
He is doing so to inspire people struggling with addiction to get help.
He spent the night in Ooltewah Sunday night.
McCoy says running helps his sober state. "When I'm running I get to use my brain. I get to think better, I get to actually stay out of jail.. so yeah, absolutely, there's a night and day difference."
McCoy's mother drives alongside him as he runs.
She offered some hope and advice for other mothers dealing with an addicted child. "Never give up. Keep praying and stay in touch with them. I did a lot of tough love with him. I put him in jail. I'd have him committed. I mean sometimes if I didn't hear from him I'd have other family member call and you know check with him."
McCoy is also raising money along his run.
He plans to build a recovery home back on the Cherokee Indian reservation where he is from.