Brischetto runs every day, some 30-40 miles a week, and has done runs for specific causes before. This was one, and felt good to do.
"After we were over and it was like 'Dang, you didn't realize it was that much garbage. I didn't know there were eight bags' worth,'" Brischetto said. "It's surprising once you actually start picking it up, but it was fulfilling to do something nice for the community."
The two guys' good deed hasn't gone unnoticed.
Edward Bugg, Alderman of Ward 9 in Aurora, noted Brischetto and Wiggins' work in a Facebook post Tuesday.
"From the inspiration of two Ward 9 students, Brad Wiggins and Nathan Briscetto, we have arranged for residents to to 'EXERCISE WITH A PURPOSE.' Garbage bags are available at the front entrance of our three grade schools, Homestead, The Wheatlands and Wolf's Crossing. So get some fresh air and clean up the neighborhood as you go."
Wiggins is hoping to turn this into a weekly thing, and enlist more people, although that could be on hold as people observe social distancing practices.
On Wednesday, Wiggins and Brischetto were back at it, collecting six more bags of trash. Once they were done, they ran home, got in a car, drove over and put the bags in the trunk.
"I've never liked litter, I'm always recycling – but you can always do more," Wiggins said. "I knew if I could combine it with something I love it could be a great thing for the world. I know I can't get a lot of people right now, but it would cool to get a bunch of people you know and collect trash. The more the merrier."