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1 Discover Publications, 6797 N. High St., #213, Worthington, OH Stats, New Members, Demographics Finishers Member Profiles Member Profiles & Shorts In Memoriam: Rick Worley Hardrock Mike & Shorts Running Saved My Life The Final Ten-WY & MT Tacoma City Marathon Back to Backs at Bear Lake Bataan Memorial/Berkshires Are Milestones a Curse or Joy? Missed It?! & Shorts New Jersey Reunion World Tour: Rio de Janeiro Doubles & Deals for Members Member Events & Milestones Reunions & Advertising Info PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID DISCOVER PUBLICATIONS Volume 9 Issue 2 September 2010 DP #10996

2 NEWSLETTER 50 States Marathon Club Volume 9 Issue 2 September 2010 Board of Directors President Tom Adair Vice President/Reunions Charles Sayles Secretary Susan Sinclair Treasurer Steve Boone Membership Paula Boone Newsletter Lois Berkowitz Board Member Dave Bell Table of contents Stats, New Members, Demographics Finishers Member Profiles Member Profiles & Shorts In Memoriam: Rick Worley Hardrock Mike & Shorts Running Saved My Life The Final Ten-WY & MT Tacoma City Marathon Back to Backs at Bear Lake Bataan Memorial/Berkshires Are Milestones a Curse or Joy? Missed It?! & Shorts New Jersey Reunion World Tour: Rio de Janeiro Doubles & Deals for Members Member Events & Milestones Reunions & Advertising Info Answers from the Personal Profile on the 2010 Renewal Form Members Goals for 2010/2011: Run 13 states in 2010/15 states in Chris Thompson Start running marathons again! -Paul Kilvington Staying healthy and inspiring friends and family to join me-jeremiah Gibbons Run Boston -Tom Abbruscato Add three or four states in 2010, same in Brent Manley Heal injuries and start to PR in marathons again -Tami Harmon Stay healthy, avoid injury, build mileage, get back in the game -Conrad Clark Finish 50 states -Christopher Haeckler Take it easy and have fun -Lauri Fauerbach Adams Finish 3 more marathons (states) -Marguerite Mogul 16 marathons per year -Clyde Shank BQ and finish 3-4 states -Wynne Harvey Continue to work on 50 sub 4 hours -Bob Kennedy Complete 12 states -Steve Laine For 2010, 10 or more and 2011 is completion of 50 states -Terry Nelson Get healed from ankle fracture in 2 places -Pam Penfield Pass 25 states -William Reinecke Keep healthy, enjoy life, and keep marathoning and dog agility -Tom Adair Stay healthy while running 20 marathons to stay on track for finish #2 in 2013 and #3 in 2014 at marathon #200 -Beth Davenport Complete about 5 new states a year -Delbert Giese What other hobbies and interests do you have besides marathoning? Cooking, reading, antiquing, interior design, photography -Ken Blahut History, biking -Luci Vaden Gym, volunteering, biking, traveling -Jonathan Robinson Fencing, cross training, Bikram yoga -Annette Wulffe Travel -Dale Bullard Scuba diving, baseball -Jim Moore Gardening -Bill Theis Sports memorabilia -Bennett Blumenkopf Trails, pictures, beach boating -Michael Goolkasian Love to read -Don Pattison Golf -Chung Yul Kim Coin collecting, military history, ceramic painting, singing -Kenny McCleary Working out, country dancing, volunteering for human rights -Bob Shimmel Work and train, play with my cats -Andrea Widberg Other than trying to keep up with 2 teenage kids and the sports they are in, I don't have time for much else -Glen Anderson Hiking (Grand Canyon traverse each year) -Jud Broom Baseball, basketball, football (watching and playing) -John Connor Reading and traveling -Tamara Enders Reading, biking, traveling -Robin Gialanella page2

3 Stats, New Members, Demographics Membership - 2,185 Female Male - 1,394 Our members have a combined total of more than 131,078 marathons and counting If everyone updates their statistics, our count will be even higher! updates to your schedule, state count and marathon total count to Help us out by including your first and last name! Thanks! Keep your and address current. Welcome to our New Members: Ginger Andrews-MD Jon Austin-MI Kim Trepanier Austin-FL Karen Axelrod-MA David Ayer, Jr.-MO Bob Baker-UT Teresa Baker-UT Nick Ballard-TN Bobby Bankston-IL Scott Becker-PA David Bergeron-CA Gailmarie Berquist-CO Jeff Bock-SD Aaron Braunstein-IL Francis Brisson-VT Austin Budlong-MN Christopher Bullock Elizabeth Cady-CO Forrest Callicutt-AL Kara Campbell-IL Claire Carder-OR Joshua Carnes-DC Sara Cherne-MN Mark Compton-GA Ewell Condron-TX Michael Crongeyer-MI Morgan Cummings-TX Gene Dahlen-IA Javier Damien-NJ Aprelle Deuell-CA Karen Douglas Alexandra Dronkers-CA Emmanuel Enujioke-GA Seth Farber-NY Yvonne Finnegan-MD Patrick Finney-TX Deana Fowler-NM Michael Frontz-TX Laura Gehrig-ND Mark Grandonico-ME Elaine Green-IN Lianne Griffin-GA John Grizzle-IL Kevin Hanna-FL Pixie Harrington-MA Mark Harris-IL Craig Haugaard-SD Lora Haugaard-SD Judy Holden-NC Margaret Hvatum-MO Robert Insley-MI William Jackson-WI Donna Janssen-TX Brad Jarvis-WA Eric Kass-WI Julia Foster Keevey-NJ Billy Glen Kennedy-TN Christina Koehn-AZ Thomas Lavin-MD Catherine Lazorko-NC Doug Leach-AR Henri Major-MB Mirek Malinowski-TX Greg Malone-OH Neil Mandel-CT Bekki Manville-CO Joe Markley-NC Joseph McCright-LA Carol McDonough-IL John Meilink-IL Charles Monahan-MA Helene Neville-AZ Tom Notermann-IL Erik Olsen-WI Chris Oppenlander-MI Rick Parisi-AL Neil Paulson-IL Autumn Perry-GA David Perry-GA Chris Pollock-VA Martin Powers-MO Brian Pugh-GA Donald Raake-OH Rahim Rahman-CA Joe Redmond-GA George Rehmet-CA Sherry Ricker-VT Ralph Riddick-WA Daniel Roach-MN Gregory Roth-VA Cassy Russell-OK Michael Schneider-OH Kameron Shahid-MN Thomas Simon-OR Thomas Sinnott-PA David Sproles-LA Laura Sprung-VA Larry Tabachnick-VA David Thompson-CO Karen Thomson-MO David Threm-IN David Tucker-MI Sara Turner-AK Michael Utt-MN Arnat Vale-MD Jeff Venable-TX Lou Villaire Nick Vlahopoulos-MI David Weber-OH Phillip Weiland-NV James Westbury, Jr.-GA David Wingard-SC Ronnie Wong-MD David Zajic-AL Carmen Zimeri-SC Demographics: AL-27 AK-8 AZ-23 AR-24 CA-157 CO-72 CT-31 DE-2 DC-7 FL-125 GA-100 HI-6 ID-11 IL-119 IN-63 IA-29 KS-30 KY-30 LA-31 ME-10 MD-47 MA-29 MI-57 MN-74 MS-8 MO-66 MT-6 NE-20 NV-11 NH-13 NJ-55 NM-10 NY-87 NC-52 ND-3 OH-104 OK-19 OR-26 PA-77 RI-2 SC-24 SD-7 TN-34 TX-193 UT-13 VT-8 VA-74 WA-47 WV-14 WI-50 WY-8 AROUND THE WORLD Australia-1 Austria-2 Bermuda-1 Canada-25 China-1 Germany-3 Iceland-1 Japan-1 Sweden-1 Thailand-1 UK-5 AL-6 AK-53 AZ-5 AR-6 CA-4 CO-14 CT-24 DE-15 FL-1 GA-3 HI-102 ID-9 IL-8 IN-14 IA-15 KS-16 KY-11 LA-11 ME-19 MD-5 MA-12 MI-6 MN-11 MS-6 MO-5 MT-17 NE-3 NV-3 NH-20 NJ-12 NM-7 NY-7 NC-4 ND-3 OH-2 OK-6 OR-4 PA-9 RI-36 SC-19 SD-16 TN-3 TX-5 UT-3 VT-19 VA-6 WA-11 WV-17 WI-8 WY-15 Where We Finished the States Our club members have completed their 50th state in all 50 states. Hawaii has been the most common state in which to finish. Alaska is second. Rhode Island comes in third. page3

4 Finishers Congratulations Finishers *Certified Finisher Zan Franc Asbury Park Asbury Park, NJ 10/18/09 Jim Simpson 10th time Fattest Butt 50K Dover, DE 01/02/10 *Boonsom Hartman 3rd time Ocean Drive Cape May, NJ 03/28/10 *Frank Bartocci 5th time Ocean Drive Cape May, NJ 03/28/10 *Rob Klein Kings Mountain Blacksburg, SC 04/10/10 *David Reid Kings Mountain Blacksburg, SC 04/10/10 Steven Borchert Big-D Texas Dallas, TX 04/11/10 Christopher Bullock Providence Providence, RI 05/02/10 *Bettie Wailes Flying Pig Cincinnati, OH 05/02/10 *Amy Murphy Providence Providence, RI 05/02/10 Tom Hallee Providence Providence, RI 05/02/10 *Lou Wilson Providence Providence, RI 05/02/10 *Tim Marquardt New Jersey Long Branch, NJ 05/02/10 *Evelyn Smith Enoree Passage Joanna, SC 05/09/10 *David Holmen Vermont City Burlington, VT 05/30/10 Kendel Prescott 5th time Vermont City Burlington, VT 05/30/10 *Tamara Smith Vermont City Burlington, VT 05/30/10 Jeanine Cross Vermont City Burlington, VT 05/30/10 *Mark Rudnicki Sunburst South Bend, IN 06/05/10 *Fran Drozdz Sunburst South Bend, IN 06/05/10 *Laura Skladzinski Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN 06/06/10 *Vicki Becker Casper Casper, WY 06/06/10 *Xiao Tu Steamboat Steamboat, CO 06/06/10 *Mark Swanson Marathon to Marathon Marathon, IA 06/12/10 *Terry Ballinger Utah Valley Provo, UT 06/12/10 *Richard Palmer Hatfield McCoy Williamson, WV 06/12/10 *Michael Cordum Mayor s Anchorage, AK 06/19/10 *John Dietrich Mayor s Anchorage, AK 06/19/10 *Steven Kuhl Mayor s Anchorage, AK 06/19/10 *Theresa Pipher Mayor s Anchorage, AK 06/19/10 *Bill Bonetz Mayor s Anchorage, AK 06/19/10 *Eric Johnson Mayor s Anchorage, AK 06/19/10 Mary Papreck Rock 'N' Roll Seattle Seattle, WA 06/26/10 *Diane Bolton Kona Kona, HI 06/27/10 *Randy Maugle Kona Kona, HI 06/27/10 Robert Weeks Grandfather Mountain Boone, NC 07/10/10 *Tom Brand Missoula Missoula, MT 07/11/10 *Fran Libasci Missoula Missoula, MT 07/11/10 *Art Jacobson Missoula Missoula, MT 07/11/10 *Fran Gilday Missoula Missoula, MT 07/11/10 *Ron Westbury Humpy's Anchorage, AK 08/15/10 FINISHER *Certified Finishers have provided hard copies of at least one item of proof for each of the 50 states: * Certificate * Results * Bib AND Medal Female Member Finishers 157 Male Member Finishers Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in Members finished in 2009 So far members have finished in 2010 Ladies' finisher front Ladies' finisher back Ladies' finisher front Ladies' finisher back Men's non-finisher back Men's non-finisher back page4 New singlets are now available! We now have singlets in: Red or Blue Men's or Ladies Finisher or Non-finisher $30 including shipping

5 Profile, Paula Scheiwe, IL Paula has been marathoning for eight years, running her first marathon at age 54. In the last two years she had to stop running to care for her mother. Unfortunately, her mother passed away recently, but she is back in training. She has completed 13 marathons and one ultra, with a marathon PR at Chicago of 4:50 in Her PW was at Philadelphia where she ran with her son and finished in 6:30. Her first goal is to finish the states; but in the back of her mind, she thinks about qualifying for Boston. She has ten states completed. Paula has wanted to run a marathon for over 15 years; all the runners she knew were skinny and fast. Watching the Chicago marathon on TV just reinforced her belief that you had to be skinny and fast. But then she turned 50 and Paula Scheiwe, IL needed a goal; she started walking, then walking fast, then when each of those got boring, she began to run. At first she ran at night, because I didn't know how to run, she said. She read running books, but most of these were about fast runners. Her bravest moment was signing up for the Chicago half marathon training. At the group run, the leader said, You'll probably never win a marathon, so just have fun. She decided she could do this. Paula cross trains four to five days a week. This includes 20 to 40 miles of running plus two to four hours of aerobics. She says, I am discovering the two hours of hard aerobics can get me prepared for a half marathon as much as a long run. I do slow down every third week or so. For marathons, she trains by herself, although her son lives in New York and when she visits him every three months, they usually spend Saturday or Sunday morning running in some race there. Her son, Rich, ran his first marathon three years ago in Philadelphia and Paula ran with him. Before a marathon, she eats a banana and a bagel. She does not eat much after a race. She waits about three hours and, then I treat myself to a good meal. Stories: My parents never got to go to a race. By the time I started signing up for races, my mom s dementia was taking hold and my dad wanted to stay home with her. Since I lived just a few blocks from my parents, I would bring over my medals; then I started bringing over my bib number, what I was wearing, and pictures of me running. My mom was in the Senior Olympics, race walking. So we would look at her pictures and medals and then mine and compare. I would tell her that her experience standing on top of the podium taking first place would be something I would never have. One Chicago Marathon, after I Member Profiles had stopped by to show her my bib, my uniform, I left for downtown Chicago to spend the night before the marathon at my son's apartment. Since it was a little warmer than the weatherman predicted, I decided at the last minute to change what I had planned on wearing. After the race, I stopped at my parents' house to show them my medal. My mom said that she saw me on TV but I was wearing a white shirt. Wow I had changed from blue to white. Did she see me on TV? Paula likes to read Zola, Dreiser, Sinclair, London, and books describing the American historical relationship to the Indians. Her favorite running books include Duel in the Sun, Born to Run, Running and Being, and A Walk in the Woods. She doesn't know what her hobbies are; she is still discovering herself. She runs because she has a need to run, and because she enjoys learning about what her body can endure. She'll continue to run because it is an experiment, just like life. She tweaks her diet, exercise and everything else to see what it will do to her running. She is healthy. Paula earns her living as a CPA. Profile, Jim Geiger, MI Jim has run 49 marathons and one ultra, the JFK, all in different states and D.C. He has been running for 11 years, having started when he was 41. He needs Alaska to finish. He wanted to finish this year with Theresa Pipher, but his son asked him to join him on an EF (Educational Tour) of Europe. His PR was at Honolulu, a 4:12, in `98. His PW was a 7:21 at Myrtle Beach in His ultra was Run to the Sun, in Maui, an 11:11, in His goal is to finish the 50 states at the Mayor's Midnight Sun in Anchorage, June He does a few triathlons and cross trains for those with three swims and two bikes a week. He carries a cell phone while running, in fact, everywhere. If I don't answer the phone, I must be in the pool swimming! The Europe trip was really great but still it was hard to not do Alaska because for the last ten years it's been my plan to finish with Theresa Pipher, another 50 stater who did finish this year. She is the wife of my pharmacy college roommate, Tom, so I've known both for a long time. Theresa was even my inspiration for doing the states. I started running to lose weight and would proudly tell Theresa how far I had built up to and she would always come up with another 'goal' for me to achieve. From Jim: When I ran my first marathon, Tom was there at the finish. I was just running my first in preparation for Chicago. After Chicago I thought I was done with marathons, but Theresa suggested I go with her and Tom to page5 Jim Geiger, MI Tennessee and run the Smoky Mountain Marathon. I said OK and for the next ten years I enjoyed vacationing with Tom and Theresa. Tom did not like driving in the mountains and I do not like driving in big cities, so it's worked out great. Theresa was ten states ahead of me when I started running marathons, so every year I would run an extra catch-up state by myself, or sometimes my wife and sons would join me. It's really been a great way to see the U.S. Anyway, over the last ten years I'd been so determined to finish with Theresa that I've run with many injuries. In 2008 I ran Kansas with a back problem. The MRI showed a herniated disk that was protruding and touching my sciatic nerve. I thought about not doing Kansas but did not want to have to add Kansas to my catch-up list, and so ran it anyway. The pain would start as a six or seven and when the pain became a ten, I would kneel down on one knee and this would relieve the pain of the sciatic nerve. Lots of runners would ask if I was OK (Runners are so nice). So I started acting like I was tying my shoe so no one would worry about me. Then just last year I got Lyme's disease from a deer tick bite. My doctor said I got the tick from my dog but my dog Zora is the best dog ever and so it could not be from her. I told my wife it must be from mowing the lawn but she did not believe this and said it was from running in wooded areas. She's probably right but I could not pass up the chance to TRY and get out of mowing the lawn. Anyway, I ran through problems I believed were from the Lyme's disease but I seem to be over them now. Also, I've had many problems with leg cramps but always the goal of finishing the states has made me determined to overcome these problems. Well, when Theresa finished Alaska this year, a reporter asked her what her next goal was. Theresa, never at a loss for a goal, said 100 marathons. I think it s funny that even though I've caught up with her in number of states, I am still ten total marathons behind her. So, I guess I will be doing one more marathon than her for the next ten years and perhaps this time finish the goal with her. Jim works as a pharmacist. Profile, Dotty Maddock, AZ Dotty has been marathoning for about 15 years, starting when she was 42 years old. To Dotty Maddock, AZ date she has a total of 71 marathons completed, but no ultras. She says, 26.2 is plenty far for me! She complet- Continued on Page 6

6 ed her 50 states November at Huntington, West Virginia. Her PR (at her first marathon) was a 3:28:26 at Tucson in 1996; and her PW was at LA, a 5:05:50 in 2010, when she was working through an ITB injury. Her goal after finishing was to pile up consecutive months running, but she was forced to stop in July at 57 marathons in 43 consecutive months, due to surgery to update her cochlear implant. She had doctor's orders not to run or fly for four weeks afterwards. She thinks her new goal might be 100 marathons. She has no desire to do the states again, as there were several where the logistics of travel made them difficult. Dotty is deaf, and hears with a cochlear implant. She doesn't wear it while running since, it doesn't mix well with sweat and water poured on my head. She says that people will recognize her as the Marathon Maniac with deaf runner on the back of her shirt. She has to assume that all the talking by the race management at the beginning of the race is meaningless. She says she has to be super-organized cell phones in an emergency don't work. And when the Lewis & Clark Marathon was canceled after ten miles, she had to ask a volunteer to call her husband to pick her up early. She got into running seriously when she started to lose her hearing and needed an outlet for her frustration. She says, It was also a great way to get a break from my kids! She began marathoning because she found that the longer she ran, the better she placed in her age group. She runs miles a week and crosstrains three times a week, by weight training and by using an elliptical trainer. Her running training companions are her Newfoundland dogs. During races she runs with Marathon Maniacs. What else is different about Dotty? Okay, her eyeliner is tattooed on, if you're wondering why she wears eyeliner and no other makeup at races. Her favorite after-marathon foods include beer and liver and onions. Dotty enjoys reading everything at interview time she had three books going, one for the elliptical, one by her bed, and one in her purse. Some of her favorite running books are Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes, Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer, and My Life on the Run by Bart Yasso. She also does cross-stitch and enjoys her dogs. Stories: She spent the night before her finish at Huntington trying to recover her suitcase from the airline. She was afraid she'd be running in sandals and jeans! Her suitcase arrived about 9 p.m. and she then started looking forward to the race. She said it's rare, but her husband met her at the finish and they celebrated by flying back together and eating airline peanuts. There was also that infamous 2008 Lewis & Clark Marathon, where Hurricane Ike hit. We stood in hurricane winds waiting for the start, which was delayed by 20 minutes, but we were rooted off the course at ten miles due to flooding. Other snapshots of running life include the pig noses at Flying Pig, running in Harrisburg, PA, her hometown, and the fireworks on the strip at Las Vegas, etc. Dotty is employed in finance. Profile for Tom Hallee, OR Tom has completed 66 marathons and one ultra, the Run to the Sun in Hawaii, having started running when he was 37 years old. His marathon PR was in Honolulu in 1982, a 4:12, and his marathon PW was in Myrtle Beach in 2006, a 7:21. He finished his 50 states at Providence, Rhode Member Profiles Continued Island this year, Goals past the 50 states included Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, BC, and the Marine Corps Marathon. He also wants to complete 100 marathons, but has no interest in going around the states again. He is planning the Berlin marathon, a marathon in Austria, and the Paris-London double. Tom says he has always been a runner. He was the kid on the Tom and Eileen Hallee, OR school playground who raced the fastest kid at recess. In prep school, he ran cross-country and was a halfback on the football team. In 1968, when the Ken Cooper book came out talking about three miles, three times a week, he picked up on that. He did 5 and 10Ks. In 1978, during a bad winter in Maine, he read a Sports Illustrated article about the new Honolulu Marathon. He had done his internship and residency in Hawaii, and already loved the place. He has since run Honolulu a number of times. A couple of years later, he and Eileen, his wife, moved to Hawaii and became active in the running community there. In fact, Eileen was president of the local running club. After eight marathons, they took a hiatus and spent time in Europe. When he turned 60 and wanted to get in better shape, he thought, marathon! He went back to Honolulu. Now he runs 15 miles or 26.2 for training, twice a week. In other words, the marathon is his training. In the house they have an upright and a recumbent bike. He also beach combs and plays tennis for training. Stories: His finish at Providence was his third try for that state. The first time, at Newport, he got lost on the course, making it to the starting line too late. Last winter, during a northeaster, he got hypothermia and had to quit. This year, Providence proved hot but great. Living in Germany in 85-89, Tom wanted to run Berlin in He had iliotibial band troubles. It was a great race, with people going out of their way to show support and with boom boxes everywhere. Tom was running with Eileen and doing well when his knee started to hurt. At mile 14, Eileen was debating about going on and finishing without him. Tammy Wynette's song, Stand by Your Man was playing, so she took the song to heart and stayed. Eileen, his wife, was running with him during the early marathons. Now, she has Parkinson's and is not able to run. Tom runs for Eileen, and often she becomes his support on the course. Tom's favorite marathon is Honolulu. He's done six and will probably go back again. He loves the amount of support, the aid stations, and the incredible beauty of Diamond Head. He ran Maui and Kauai, and tried to run the volcano marathon. He says, I got loopy and didn't realize it was at altitude. I got to the next aid station and decided to quit, not realizing it was mile 24. The next day my friends took me back on the course and showed me where I quit. I then limped the last two miles! Tom completed his internship and residency in psychiatry in Hawaii. The Air Force sent him to Guam where he met Eileen. From there they went to Australia and lived there for 15 months. He did not marathon there. From there they went to Europe where he worked as a civilian for the Army in an alcohol treatment program. He has an interest in birds. In 1984 he and Eileen were driving to Alaska in a van, carrying a couple of bird books. They would pull over, look at birds, and wonder what they were. They got more involved. He says that Alaska has an incredible bunch of birds, including Asian birds that wander in there. He spent three months in South America nine years ago, birding and enjoying the climate. In Rio with the world tour, he had arranged for a bird guide and was going to spend three days with him, but the guide became ill, so Tom went birding within Rio. He describes the birds as little works of art with wings. The Hallees have bird feeders on three sides of their house. His worst marathon was in Nevada, the ET. The start was at midnight in Area 51. The course was at 4,000 feet, going up for 13 miles and then down the other side. It was dark, and the runners were wearing glow things. He lost all parameters of how fast or well he was doing. He went slowly to the half, without seeing many people. After the half, he ran more, but at mile 20 the sun came out. Mile 20 is the finish line, then you run a 5K out and back. He finished in 6:41 or thereabouts, but had altitude problems. He had been up for 30 some hours when he finished. Tom still works part time as a psychiatrist, living in Oregon one block from the Pacific Ocean. SHORTS: About Chris Lowery, GA: Chris completed the Vermont 100 Mile in a time of 29:04:10. He's on his way to completing the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, consisting of four of the oldest 100-mile runs in the U.S.: Western States, Vermont 100, Leadville Trail, and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile. About Winston Davis, GA: Congratulations, Winston, on finishing your 100th career marathon at the Darkside 8-Hour run on May 15, About Mama Jean Evansmore, MD: Our sympathies go out to Mama Jean on the passing of her husband, Stewart, on May 29. From Ken Yoder, Il and Stephen Yoder, DC: Ken and Stephen Yoder were featured in a very nice article in etruth, an internet part of The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN. The article covered their quest for their 50 states. From Eddie Hahn, CA: Eddie was featured in the Web log for the Andre Sobel River of Life, which helps with urgent expenses to allow single parents to stay at their child's bedside during catastrophic illness. Eddie raises money for the foundation. From Charles Sayles, CA: Dana Mosell, CA, was named Volunteer of the Year by the LA Leggers track club. Congratulations, Dana! page6

7 by Alexis Davidson, NY I thought it would be fun to do two National 50K Championships in one year. The second one was the running championship on March 7, It had a median finish time of 5:02 and a dead last time of 7:54. Michael Wardian and Yolanda Flamino were the winners at 2:55:50 and 3:34:26. Eighteen of 127 entrants DNF'd (14 percent) compared to 7 of 25 (28 percent) in the walking race who DNF'd or DQ'd. Again, women showed that they finish what they start, as 32 of 35 finished, while four of four finished the walking race. Besides me, there was one other race-walker who started and finished the race. The windshield temperature ranged from 32 to 56 degrees F from the start at 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There was a strong wind that averaged 11 mph, which kept most people wearing two layers throughout the race. The course was a 5K loop. It consisted of a.01-mile stretch from the start/end to the beginning of a 2.4-mile round loop around the park. This was followed by a 0.5 mile narrow out and back on a road with an uneven surface, then a 0.1-mile stretch from the circle to the start/end. The entire loop was nonstop rolling hills with three medium hills per loop. You barely noticed them until loop eight, and then they slowly turned into mountains by loop ten. The park had plenty of shade, and we had plenty of company from 25K runners, bicyclists and other casual users of the park. There was a red-tailed hawk sighting on loop eight. Water/Gatorade stations were located at the start/end and halfway through, and there were plenty of various types of food at the end of the loop. There were mile signs at the one, two and three-mile distance, and they were accurate and reliable. The race started and we got underway. The first loop was fun as we saw the beautiful park for the first time. The out and back was scary during the first three loops as faster runners lapped us on the narrow, uneven surface. After an hour, the 25K runners started, and the park was at its densest for two hours. By this time, however, we were so spread out that it felt comfortable, and it was easy to be lapped. Since there was no judging, this race was psychologically easy for me, and I really had no trouble until the ninth loop. By that time, the hills began getting bigger, longer and higher. Interpolating between the first and second mile of the ninth loop, I passed the marathon in 4:43:28. Again, this was one of my faster times. The remainder of the race was fun, though I was tired by this time. I came in around 5:42, picked up my medal, met my friends, ate some soup and cookies and went home. Which race was my favorite? Surviving a judged 50K is the acme of the career of any casual race-walker. I will be prouder of that finish than of any other single finish on my resume. However, the Caumsett race beat the Surprise race A Tale of Two National 50K Championships: Part 2 Alexis with Miami finishers medal. in all aspects of customer service. The Greater Long Island Running Club allowed runners to bypass the USATF registration with its idiotic requirements, it had a better Web site with more information, better food, a race- and distancespecific race shirt (as opposed to no race specific shirt) and all finishers received a race- and distance-specific finishers medal (as opposed to a generic race-walk medal to award winners only). ed questions were immediately answered (as opposed to ignored). The race director provided a free shuttle from the nearest train station for the benefit of NYC residents who do not own cars, and there was no requirement to show up the night before to pick up your number. I would do this race whenever this weekend is free. The Surprise race had the disadvantage of judging. Anyone who has not already survived a judged 30K should not even attempt it. Sixteen percent of starters were DQ'd, and some of the DNFs might have been a result of two infractions combined with oncoming exhaustion and a self-assessed low probability of finishing legally. There just are not many people out there who are willing to travel thousands of miles and spend hundreds of dollars when the possibility of being allowed to finish the race is 84 percent. There are so many other things that can go wrong with the weather or the runner that would cause a DNF to tolerate this. In Memoriam: Rick Worley, January 3, 1947 July 25, 2010 Rick Worley, one of the original board members of the 50 States Marathon Club, was tragically killed in a traffic accident on July 25, In 1997 Rick completed all 50 states within one calendar year. He went on to run all 50 states again in '98 and '99. In 2000 he set a Guinness World Record for completing 200 marathons in 159 consecutive weeks. Rick helped with the organization of the 50 States Marathon Club. He served as the Vice-President of the club from 2001 until Rick had completed a total of 299 marathons and completed the states a total of four times. We send our love to Rick's family. We will miss Rick, his laugh and his love of friends, family and marathoning. Paula and Steve Boone Thanks for letting us know. Rick was special to so many people. We first met him and Dee when he ran the Skagit Flats Marathon in Burlington, Washington, and then we saw him at a lot of marathons after that. Bob planned his 250th marathon to be the Houston Marathon when Rick completed his 200th there to make the Guinness Book of World Records. Lenore and Bob Dolphin, WA We just heard the tragic news about Rick Worley. What a shock! We are stunned with this news. What a dear person... what great times we have all had together! Gayle Godfrey, KY A day of mourning for all 50 Staters. We are and have been friends for a very long time now especially that core group of runners that were so very close in the beginning of our quest. His loss is a loss for all of us. Carol Westerman This is dreadful and shocking news about Rick's death. His enthusiasm and spirit for life and running marathons was an inspiration to many runners. We'll all miss him. God bless you, Rick! I'm so sorry. It's heartbreaking news. Wow! I have so many good memories of running with Rick. He stayed at my home for Thanksgiving twice to run the Atlanta marathon (1998 and 1999). He'll be missed by everyone. Tom Adair, GA I am truly sad and sorry. Our prayers are with his family Victor Bhatt, TX This is truly so very sad, we had so many fun times with Rick. Virginia Farneman. OH I'm so sorry, he was so special and will be so missed. Praying for his family. Suzy Seeley, TX Rick was such a neat gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and he will be sorely missed. Susan Sinclair, TX Terrible news, and such a tragic way to lose someone. I met Rick in Nanisivik, I'm not sure if it was 1997 or 1998 or both. I think it would be fitting to print his marathon accomplishments on the 50 State Web site, and start a Hall of Fame in his honor. Clay Shaw & Karen Mitchell, PA My oh my, what a tragic loss. We are all diminished by the loss of one of our fellows. Used to see Rick pretty regularly, but it has been a while. He always had the same big smile. The last time was in Utah he finished ahead of me that day, just finished ahead of me again. Jim Boyd, WA I was just telling some friends that I was running with on Saturday about Rick. I remember in 1997 meeting and running the second half of a marathon together in the rain along the Gulf of Mexico. We all have our memories. We all will treasure them for years. Tom Detore, KS We will miss this wonderful person/runner. Frank Bartocci, MN Thank you for the notice. I have tears in my eyes. He was such a wonderful, caring, generous person, I could go on and on with the positive adjectives that any and all of us would use to describe Rick. Sharon Mordorski, MN Thanks for letting me know. I am heart broken what a way to go! Edson Sanches, NY I am so sorry to hear about Ricky's untimely death. Jerry Sullivan, LA page7

8 Hardrock Mike Continues to Pack in the Miles by Sandra Smith (his wife), IN Finish the race, preferably upright. This is Mike Smith's basic running philosophy. Mike started running ultras in 1999 at the Sunmart 50. He graduated to 100s in 2000 at the Umstead 100. Since then, he has competed in milers, milers, 5 100Ks, plus the 135-mile Badwater, a 130-mile run from Baton Rouge to New Orleans along the Mississippi River levee, an 89K at Comrades in South Africa, two Grand Canyon rim-to-rim and back crossings, 95 miles at the Olander 24-hour race, and three 8-hour races (30, 33 and 40 miles) and the Florida Ironman. Mike has also completed marathons in all the 50 states, and has completed 191 marathons since he started running in the mid 90s. If you add up all those miles, he's run about 11,619 race/event miles. And who knows how many more miles in practice runs! Mike enjoys the camaraderie of the sport as much as the events themselves, and has met runners who have become lifetime friends. In 2009, Mike completed milers. For 2010, he has finished seven so far: Hurt 100, Rocky Raccoon, Umstead, McNaughton, Old Dominion, Hardrock and Burning River. He plans to complete the Lean Horse 100, the Hallucination 100, the Cactus Rose 100 and the Baton Rouge to New Orleans Levee Run by year s end. This was Mike's third running of the Hardrock Hundred. Mike is 52 years old and lives in Fishers, IN. Mike adds: I'm also looking forward to attempting the Ironman Arizona with fellow 50 Staters Andy Velazco, GA and Carl Hunt, CT this year. Andy and Carl will also be attempting HURT with me next January. Bob Wehr, FL and I finished the 50 states together in Bob Wehr, Andy Velazco, Mike Brooks, ME, and Walt Prescott, GA all crewed and paced me at Badwater in Mike Brooks and I just ran the Howl at the Moon 8 Hour race yesterday. Walt Prescott paced me in Hardrock this year. Jerry Sullivan, LA organizes and competes in the Mississippi levee run in Louisiana that we will do again in December. As you can see, I count 50 Staters as some of my best friends, as well as running partners. As far as a running crew goes, no one beats my lovely wife. She has seen me and some of my fellow runners through some very tough races and terrain. Mike Smith, IN and Walt Prescott, GA at Hardrock finish Hardrock Mike finishes Omaha Reunion: Looking Ahead We hope you'll join us at Omaha, September 26, 2010 for a great reunion. Susie Smisek, Race Director, offers these enticements: Jeff Galloway will be presenting on September 24. The Marine Corps is joining Omaha and will be present in many aspects of the race. Susie is donating her hair to Locks for Love at the start line her at if you would like to join her. There will be live music all along the course and at the finish line. The pasta party will be hosted by Barley's restaurant and we'll have a special meeting room there. Our speaker will be Karen Queally, a member of our club. She has been running for 5,000 consecutive days! SHORT: From Lois Berkowitz, MI: We had an interesting Fallsburg Race (Lowell, MI the park is called Fallasburg Park). Sharon Kerson, CA came in from LA to run it. She knew about the trail but thought since they said, If you can finish, we will let you finish, that it would be okay. And they did let everyone finish, regardless of time. A drunk driver had trashed one of the covered bridges so we couldn't run the same first half we did three years ago they made the first half nearly ALL trail this time. A lot of it was runnable but hard and very hot. The road portions were long inclines. I took a bit under 8 hours, Frank Bartucci, MN finished about 5-10 min. ahead of me, Lora Eklund, AZ was just before me, Judy Altman, GA took 9:58:27 and Sharon was dead last at 10:40:28. These people are super! We were worried about Sharon being on the trail alone, so the RD had his wife drive him out to the last four miles, and he actually ran it (all trail) looking for Sharon, carrying a can of coke for her. The RD and his dad presented her this huge turtle and a nice extra shirt for finishing last. To add insult to injury, Judy, Lora, Frank and I were waiting around for Sharon and the next-to-last runner (a guy with a new pacemaker) after most people had left, and as Judy went to put some things in her car, she couldn't open it! So there was the one last drama, her using my phone (her phone was locked in the car) and the RD's phone to call the rental agency to get help. I haven't heard how she did with the car we waited another half hour then left since we had a long drive back to Detroit (OK, I'm a driving wimp, it was just under three hours). Cliff Cartwright, MS 7:32:03 Frank Bartocci, MN 7:48:08 Lora Eklund, AZ 7:33:33 Karen Queally on the road. Lois Berkowitz, MI 7:54:10 Judy Altman, GA 9:58:27 Sharon Kerson, CA 10:40:28 Testing Opportunity: Try the OH PATCH for Pain Relief Dr. Yon Ough, WI, a 50 States Marathon Club member, is also a board certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Wisconsin. He has developed and clinically tested a new skin patch named the OH PATCH for relief of certain types of pain. The development of the OH PATCH grew out of his own need for effective pain treatment as a marathon runner. The OH PATCH is made of five essential oils, commonly used in daily household products. It is not a general pain patch and does not work for all painful conditions. It does work especially well in relieving pain related to muscle and tendon problems. During the last eight years, Dr. Ough has clinically tested the OH PATCH with over 1,000 patients with various painful conditions with some amazing results. Dr. Ough is contacting the members of the 50 States Marathon Club because he would like to further test the OH PATCH for painful conditions related to running. This would be a free trial for all 50 States Marathon Club members with any of the following conditions: Achilles tendonitis Plantar fasciitis Ankle sprains Shin splints Iliotibial band syndrome Muscle pain with palpable knots/bands The OH PATCH is not recommended for people who are sensitive to fragrances. If members are interested, I would need the following information: Name Date of birth Mailing address Telephone number Brief history of the problem For more information and any questions, please send Dr. Ough an SHORTS: About Don McNelly, NY: Look for a new book about Don McNelly, The Madman, the Marathoner, by Juanita Tischendorf, from Tate Publishing. It comes at an appropriate time Don will have his 90th birthday November 11. He has run over 700 marathons and is still completing this distance! He has run in all 50 states, all the provinces and territories of Canada, and in many foreign countries. About Larry Macon, TX: Below is a link to The Alcade, a magazine from The University of Texas / UT Exes. Larry Macon is a graduate of The University of Texas Law School and is featured as one of the top athletes in the 125-year history of The University of Texas. Correction: The article Some Like It Cold in our last issue was mistakenly attributed to Robert Bishton. The author was Helmut Linzbichler. page8

9 Running Saved My Life by Tom Detore, KS The beginning of 2009 saw me running inside around a couple of basketball courts. I was feeling fine and doing well. As some of you may remember my wife Donna had just found out she had lung cancer. This would weigh more and more on me during these cold months. While starting to run on Saturday morning with my friend at the Olathe Running Club, the weather began to get the best of me. I started having pain and tightness in my chest, but after slowing my run for about a quarter of a mile they both stopped bothering me. I discounted this as just being 61, and that the cold weather is finally starting to bother me. When I ran the Snake run, a six-hour run, on March 7 my breathing bothered me off and on. Of course this was my age catching up with me, I thought. Then with warmer weather I ran the Flint Hills 50K the following week. I did great. I was fourth overall. There was not much running for me the next several weeks as Donna's health was becoming poorer. Then after she passed on I still did not run until the Andrew Jackson Marathon. My breathing bothered me in the first mile then it went away. My warmer weather running went well without any pain or tightness. This was capped off with a great Patriot Run, where I was eighth overall running 47 miles in this nine-hour, 11 minute run. Then the weather got colder and my breathing became worse. Finally at Dude, Where's the Trail 50K Run, I felt miserable throughout and walked a great deal of it. This was the Sunday after Thanksgiving. In December I decided to cut back on my training, then see how I did at Run for the Ranch on December 27. It was another cold day with a wind chill near ten degrees. Things went badly for me. I kept having trouble with breathing and that tight pain in my chest. My next run was the Texas Marathon just five days later in Kingwood, Texas. In this moderate weather I did even worse. I topped out with running for ten minutes without stopping in mile 12. The final ten minutes I ran very little. Once I finished, I felt much better. Something was not right. It was here that I made the decision to see a doctor. Many runners told me that it could be exercise-induced asthma. The doctor thought it was my heart. The EKG confirmed it. My next step was to see a cardiologist. He felt all I needed was a stent or two. There was, however, a very outside chance that I would need open heart surgery. He thought that I was too healthy for it. Besides, I had just ran my 300th marathon. The stents were to be put in on February 5. I would be running again by February 16. Well, it turned out that I had one artery with 100 percent blockage and the other with 70 percent blockage. My surgeon told me that my running saved my life. I felt fine except when I would run. Without running I would have gone along with my daily life without waiting for the big one. Remember, if you keep getting a tightness pain in your chest, see a doctor immediately. Since I completed two marathons in five days with that blockage, God must still have a use for me here. 31 Consecutive Bostons is No Easy Feat by Andy Kotulski, NJ Things weren't looking up for my attempt to run my 31st Boston and 619th marathon. My condition and training had spiraled downward for the two weeks before the race, leaving me with the thought that I might not be even able to start. Severe spinal stinosis had left me hardly able to walk in 2009 and then a collage of heart problems resulting in heart surgery in December, on top of the repercussions of my 2001 tragedy, limited my ability to run. Doing what I was able to do, my training consisted of walking interspersed with running up to half mile at a time. My endurance improved in a sinusoidal manner, but bad days were less than 30 minutes and good days occasionally up to two hours. Since I already entered, I decided to give Boston a shot. I had no expectation to finish but I always hope (you just never know). You always need to give it your best shot. Perfect race day conditions (the best in 31 years) were prayers answered. I had numerous issues along the way and had over 50 walk/pauses. It seemed more was coming out than was going in. I felt I was in trouble after six miles but persevered for more. My legs were already aching and I wondered if the pain would continue to increase. Things did continue to get worse throughout the day. I was regretting having the special QCC logo (for running 25-plus consecutive Bostons) on the back of my singlet because so many people wanted me to talk to them about my experience running 30 Bostons. I did appreciate their support and congratulations but it was taking all I had just to keep moving forward without the air to talk. When reality set in after Wellesley that I had a chance to finish, my spirits were lifted. I got enthused running the Newton Hills, realizing my chances of finishing were improving. Was that a tail wind or air off angels wings? I continued my running sequence to the finish. I got an unexpected boost near the finish, surprised by friends aware of my difficulties who waited me out, cheering me on and then waiting for me at the medical tent exit. I was of course elated afterward, even though my legs were in pain as never before. I felt great and enjoyed the Starbucks that had been handed to me and enjoyed the very slow trek to my ride. All smiles. My time was a PW but my day and effort was a PR. It was more than I hoped for... a perfect day... you just never know. Note from Tom Adair, GA: Andy spent 2001 recovering from a nearly fatal bout of pneumonia and typhoid after having finished a marathon in Russia. He became ill shortly after the marathon and was unable to fly home, because this was the same time as 9/11. To date, he has run over 600 marathons competitively in all the states, provinces, and some 30 countries. He was a 2:30 marathoner while in his 40s. Andy has placed first, second and third in his age group in different marathons in every state. I am proud that Andy has been a friend for over 15 years. SHORTS: Charles Sayles, CA, Walt and Kendel Prescott, GA, and Eddie Hahn, CA before the start of Kendel s 300th marathon on April 10, About Kendel Prescott, GA: Note Kendel's picture above, taken just before she finished her 300th marathon. Kendel reached another milestone at Vermont City (4:27:43) this year: She became the first woman to finish five circuits of all 50 states! She did this before turning 50 (that happens on November 6 of this year, which is also her husband Walt's birthday and their wedding anniversary). Kendel, you are amazing! From Dana Mosell, CA: I came in last at the Hard Corps Marathon at Camp Pendleton today, but it was really cool. For the last mile, the roads were protected by Marines. As I passed each road, the Marines on station there joined me for the rest of the run. I got to talk to these young Marines (kind of like I was their commanding officer) and find out where they were from, etc., and by the time I got to mile 26, I felt like I was leading a couple of platoons. At that point, they told me that they wanted to run me to the finish and we picked up some speed and finished en masse. I shook as many hands as I could to thank them for all they do for us and our country! Pretty special for being in last place! (I was helping a Navy captain for the first 12 miles and that slowed me a bit... DNF due to stress fracture... and there were tons of hills on that course.) Lora Eklund, AZ, Steven Yee, WA and Al Kohli, WI at the Phoenix Rock 'n Roll Marathon From Joanne Sodano, NJ: Recently, I completed The 21st Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico. My clock time was 6:07:28 and my chip time was 6:05:35. This was not only a challenging course but a very emotional one for me. I had no idea we would be able to meet the survivors before the March and as we approached the start line. Then on race morning, the first group to start The March were the wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. I was not prepared for this at all. I spent time crying each time I went by one but made sure I thanked them for my freedom. My count is now 30 states completed out of 33 marathons. page9

10 The Final Ten: Running With or Without the Herd in Casper, WY by Fran Gilday, VA I ran my 49th state yesterday, on June 7. I absolutely loved it from start to finish. You'll be glad to know that I was able to stay upright and had no misfortunes along the way. I like the name of the race, Run With the Herd. Supposedly, there are antelope on the course, but I only saw rabbits and squirrels. They have a great logo. Check it out at I digress. After checking in, getting my pre-race supplies, and resting for a few hours, I met up with new friends at the best pasta party ever. We had a great meal with really fun people at my table. The race started at 6:30 a.m. at the Casper Events Center at 5,300 feet. There were probably 150 marathoners, plus perhaps 60 or so in the relay. I have run other marathons at higher elevation, but they always come down to 4,000 or under. Not Casper. It pretty much stayed at 5,200 feet with a few nasty hills along the way. It was a beautiful morning with temperatures in the upper 40s, but we all knew that was temporary. I had trouble controlling my breathing in the first few miles, so I slowed my pace down a bit, and realized I would probably not have a fast time like the previous three races. It was very sunny, but the scenery was breathtaking. After seven miles of roads, we turned onto a bike bath that followed the Platte River. As the day wore on, the temperatures rose to the mid-70s. At that temperature and at that altitude (and factoring in the hills), this course was much harder than I thought. by Fran Gilday, VA At mile 16, we turned around and followed the same path for five more miles. At mile 21, we ran over the river on the wooden bridge, and ran around a golf course for three-plus miles, which was the worst part of the race. It was very hot by that time, without clouds or shade, and they threw in a nasty little hill on top of that. Boy, was I glad to get back to the bridge. As I approached mile 25, I spotted the legendary Larry Macon, TX, and Gregg, a Marathon Maniac I met the night before. I was gaining on them, and actually caught up to them by mile 26. As we turned the corner and saw the finish line, Larry hollered out a loud Whoopee! and the three of us raced to the finish line. It was hilarious! We were greeted by a welcoming committee, received our medal, water, and the best finish line feast ever! As small as this race is, they get an A+ for everything. That's what I love about traveling and running marathons in this beautiful country. Every race is unique and memorable. After celebrating at the finish line with my new friends, I just walked around the corner to my hotel room. What a pleasant treat that was! My calls back home were short with the same message: Let the party begin! In five weeks we will be in Missoula, Montana for the 50th. And it is one month before my 60th birthday, which I did not think was possible a few years ago. 50x60. History in the making, and you, my family and friends, are all part of this fantastic adventure. Upon much reflection, I have decided to see how far I can go and for how long. I will attempt to go a second time, but without any specific timetables. Maybe I can get to 100, maybe I can go a second time, but one thing is for sure, I will keep going. It's just too much fun, and I am blessed in so many ways, so why not? Let's do it again! The adventure continues. And the party starts on July 11, 2010! I thought you would like to see what I have done with my medals. The picture in this article is of my marathon pole, which was made for me by a very dear friend. If you ever get to see it in person, it is overwhelming. Finishing 50: My Rockstar Race at Run Wild Missoula Well, I did it! After about 15 years, I crossed the finish line of my 50th state in Missoula, Montana on Sunday, July 11, My emotions are all over the place: overwhelmed, happy, proud, sad that it's over, anxious to start again, and amazed I made it. Before I start with my finale, I want to say that Montana is the Best Last Place, a perfect state to end my adventure. There is no doubt that the Runner's World title of the Best Overall Marathon is well deserved. With double the number of entries from last year, and with this race only four years old, they got it all right from start to finish. There were 27 of us traveling to Missoula, arriving at different days and times. We had arranged for a block of rooms facing the Clark Fork River at the Doubletree. Across the river is the University of Montana, which is a beautiful campus with mountains as a backdrop and the river alongside it. Another friend, Andi Gantz, drove up from Wyoming on Thursday and the three of us explored Missoula and had dinner at the hotel. The dining room has plate glass windows with the river visible from anywhere you sat. It was a perfect place to start the weekend. Because most of the group did not arrive until Friday afternoon, we set out to hike in a nearby national park. What a beautiful day we had, and just enough hiking to get the kinks out of sitting all day on Thursday and not too much exertion to tire us out. We got back mid-afternoon and met up with the Franny Finishes 50 group: Ray, Amy and John, JJ, Mom, Richard, Patty and Dave, Eli, Marianne and Steve, Ginny and Doug, Cameron, Alex, Jane, Pat, Nancy, Kristy, Linda, Wes and Bev. Allen arrived early Sunday morning, God bless his soul. What a friend he has been to us! As the group was checking in, the local NBC news crew was at the hotel doing an interview. They found out about me, and I was interviewed the next day. That was fun. The interviewer was so excited to learn about me and the 50 States Marathon Club. The clip aired Saturday during the late news. I'm supposed to get a clip and will post it when I do. On Saturday, we got up early to have breakfast and get to the expo, which started at 8 a.m. in Caras Park. I was assigned bib number 50! When I received my packet, the race director just happened to be nearby and as I exclaimed to JJ, Look, I got #50, he said, Well you asked for it, didn't you? He then told me that two days later someone else asked for the same number, but I got there first! He got a big hug for granting my request. About half of the group went white water rafting, and the rest did the scenic float (that's the option I took). It was a great way to spend the day before the marathon so we could relax and enjoy the great outdoors. I love Montana! It's so beautiful. I found it hard to sleep that night. We had to get up at 3:30 a.m. in order to get to the busses by 4:30. Everyone had to be shuttled out to the start, with a different set for the half marathoners, and another for the full. The course was a point-to-point, which basically means 26.2 miles out without any looping back. My sister, Patty, ran with me, and my brother, Richard, ran his first marathon. My friends, Pat and Jane, also ran the marathon. JJ and Patty's son, Eli, ran the half. Both races started at 6 a.m. with the big BOOM from a live cannon. The first ten miles were out in farm and horse country. The smell from freshly cut hayfields and the scenic sunrise were an addition to the excitement I felt. It was sensory overload! Patty and I ran side by side the whole way, and I dedicated each mile to a different family member or group of friends. We talked about each mile's dedicatee, and the miles flew by. The only hill came about mile 13 and it was a doozy! At mile 14 Deanna and Kristy met us on their rented bikes and provided an escort as we continued. Amy, Andi, and Ginny also met up with us on bikes and gave us updates on how the rest of the group did. Even with the early 6 a.m. start, it was very hot with little shade. The course was really beautiful, especially the part where we ran along the river and then over the wooden bridge. The temperatures climbed into the 80s, but there were plenty of sprinklers along the way, as well as water stops, which were well stocked. As we got closer to the end, I could not stop thinking about all that had occurred up to this point. I welled up several times in the last few miles, but Patty kept me from a total meltdown! As we turned onto the last stretch, my entire group with the Franny Finishes 50 red shirts lined up on the course just before the bridge and finish line. The race director allowed them to run in with me and I felt like a rock star. As I crossed that 50th state's finish line, I was overwhelmed with emotion. We were crying, hugging, kissing, and cheering everyone. I must have had my picture taken 100 times. It was perfect. After things calmed down, and we got our medals and rested a bit, we got back to the hotel where I did something I never have done. Jane and Pat went to the river and soaked their legs in that cold rushing water. And I joined them. Holy moly, that's COLD! But after we sat down, it felt terrific. But we could not stay there for very long because the big party was going to take place at 3:30 at the Silk Road, which is a restaurant that serves tapas-style meals with dishes from all over the world. We had rented the private dining room upstairs and as I arrived, the NBC news crew was there for a follow-up interview. Did I say I felt like a rock star? I think I got more than my 15 minutes of fame! The champagne poured freely, the party was merry, the food was delicious, and we all had the best time. After we ate, I think it was my sister, Marianne, who started to dance, and that was all it took for the party to take it up a few notches. Did you hear us on the East Coast? Sam, the owner, told us he did not care how long we stayed as long as we kept our clothes on! How can I thank everyone who helped me celebrate this milestone? I hope everyone knows how special and loved you all are. It was a total blast, and the entire weekend was perfect and went off without a hitch. I love you, man! For the record: 50 states, 65 finishes. My next adventure starts in September in Omaha, the second state for the second go-round. Until then, peace be with you. page10

11 My Fourth Time at Tacoma City Marathon: May 2, 2010 by Bob and Lenore Dolphin, WA Our weekend during the Tacoma City Marathon on Sunday, May 2, 2010 was a pleasant one for Lenore and me as we enjoyed volunteering, attending the Marathon Maniac reunion meeting, the dinner with guest speaker Dick Beardsley and the race. We drove to Tacoma from our nearby Renton home on Friday to the race headquarters at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in downtown Tacoma. This year the expo, packet pickup, meeting and evening dinner were all held in this facility. It made it especially convenient for runners who stayed in the hotel. After we checked in, we visited with friends at the expo and packet pickup area before reporting for our volunteering job at the marathon bib table. Race sponsors, Marathon Maniacs and Fleet Feet Sports of Bonney Lake had prominent booths. This was a Marathon Maniac Reunion race, and members came from across the country and Canada. On the Maniac Calendar 200 members signified their intent to attend. About 400 runners represented the field of marathon finishers, so it seems that half of them were Marathon Maniacs. This was a commendable turnout that showed support for race director Tony Phillippi and Marathon Maniac co-founder, along with Steve Yee and Chris Warren. This was the fourth Tacoma City Marathon. In the past three years I started the race at the regular time, but this year I chose to take the 6:30 a.m. early start. As it turned out, it was a wise choice. After the race started, I ran with my good friend Herb Allen, MM from Bainbridge Island. When we ran into a cool wind, I stepped aside to put on a Tyvek jacket. When I resumed running, my left calf became sore and I was forced to switch to walking. In my previous two marathons there had been a minor, intermittent spasm at this calf, but it was seldom felt. This time I was forced to walk the rest of the marathon. I could do this without feeling any soreness while test runs were slow and stressful. As a result, for the rest of the 25 miles I walked a minute pace, depending on the grade and the wind direction. The weather was good with temperatures from degrees, overcast skies, calm to light winds and 20 mph headwinds at times late in the race. By the second mile the early-start runners were out of sight. A woman walker passed me in Wrights Park in the fourth mile, and she extended her lead as we walked through downtown Tacoma on our way to the waterfront. By the 10K mark she was no longer in view, and the race leaders from the regular start came by. Running side by side were Michael Lynes, 43, of Tacoma who became a four-time winner of the fourth Tacoma City Marathon when he finished in 2:44:16 and Geofrey Kanyi, 35, who finished second in 2:49:33. In third place overall was Ruth Perkins, 29, from Puyallup who won the women's race with a time of 2:50:49. In fourth place overall was the third male runner, Tony Eckel, 42, with a 2:56:20. Mary Hanna, 48, from Maple Valley came in second for the women with a 3:28:39. In third place was Ginger Gruber, 40, who ran a 3:30:19. Between Miles 6-17 the regular field of 7:30 a.m. starters passed me as they ran and I walked. It was a pleasure to visit with my many running friends along the way. There were some nice surprises. Michael Shiach introduced me to a group of runners as they passed by, and I appreciated their warm reactions. Marc Frommer was a pacer who introduced me to his group. Then there were the Blues Brothers at the halfway aid station manned by the Interurban Runners Club who gave a fellow club member a big welcome. They were at Point Defiance Park, which is my favorite area on the racecourse. There were western rhododendrons in bloom in the park and a view of Gig Harbor in the distance. All of the volunteers at the aid stations were friendly and supportive. At one where they knew my name, I inquired about it. The captain said they see me there every year. I was concerned about being the last participant and holding up the course disassembling. The police guides assured me that there were four people behind me. In the last mile I was preceded by two patrol cars that blocked intersections so that I could pass safely. When I crossed the finish line, my time was 7:23:30 (16.55 pace). I was second in the 75-plus age division and the only 80-year-old in the race. Our thanks to go Tony Phillippi, WA the other Marathon Maniacs, the race committee, the many volunteers and policemen for their efforts in putting on a class event for the 2,000-plus participants in the various races that were offered. SHORT: From Douglas Thompson, NC: Douglas was featured in an article in The Daily Reflector as one of the finishers of the Altacama Marathon in Chile. Douglas and friend Kyle Pitchford were raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Charlevoix, Michigan Marathon 6/26/10 by Don Taylor, WV After 20 years in the tropics one would think I'd be able to acclimatize to heat and humidity, but not so. I love West Virginia, my adopted state, but my addiction to distance running prompts me to look further north in summer because nowadays, as I get longer in the tooth, I prefer to feel a cold wind in my face or even frost on my eyebrows. So I guess I'm a bit of a freak metabolically and physiologically knowing that kind of weather is hard to find anywhere south of the 49th parallel in summer. But upper Michigan state is certainly cooler than West Virginia, which is why I chose the June 26 Charlevoix marathon. Charlevoix is a scenic lakeside town of 4,000- something and the lake can be seen from almost everywhere. The 7 a.m. marathon start was in the low 60s following light overnight rain almost perfect weather for a summer marathon. The marathon was run almost simultaneously with a half, a walk and a 5K, so I took extra care not to stray from the course and run a combo like I did in that Mountain MD marathon in April. That was an embarrassment! The Charlevoix course was flat out-and-back, mostly on a bike path, along the lakeside and I set out to do my usual negative splits but that was quickly thwarted at mile three by Lois Berkowitz, MI and a freshman from Notre Dame who ran past me; so I attempted to stay with them. He lost me about mile 11 I don't know why he didn't do that earlier perhaps just out of courtesy. Then somewhere around the halfway point Lois took off like a rocket and placed first in her age group. A friend of mine at the finish said she looked fresh as a daisy as she reached the finish with a 5:40:47. As I reached mile 25 I began to doubt that I would beat the six hour cut-off, which was perhaps my punishment for trying to keep pace with this Notre Dame athlete and Lois. This was corroborated by the friend who walked out to meet me; so I just broke into an easy jog because cut-off is as unimportant to me as it is to most 50 Staters. In Charlevoix they keep the clock running for an hour or so after 1 p.m., and the cops in this scenic little town don't yell at you to hit the sidewalk as they do in some city events. But a few hundred feet from the clock I was surprised to read 5:59 something so as it ticked away the seconds I changed my pathetic jog into a sprint finishing with a 5:59:30, which we all found quite amusing. I've had a few close calls but never as close as 30 seconds. If anyone is looking for a cool summer marathon in a scenic lakeside town, then it's really worth staying a full weekend in this place. The lake and its beaches are everywhere between Charlevoix and Petoskey. There s plenty of accommodation for all tastes; fresh fish from the lake in many restaurants, plus a ferry service from Charlevoix to Beaver Island for those who want to check out another scenic Michigan Lake marathon (to be run this year on September 4). Here's wishing y'all some cooler marathons as you slog your way through the dog days of summer. Note: We love your pictures! But please, when you send photos, identify all people in the photos with first and last names. We probably won t use your photos unless the subjects are all identified. Thanks! When identified, send them to: page11

12 by Joye McElroy, GA Judy Ramsey and I departed Atlanta early Thursday morning and arrived in Salt Lake City without incident. We grabbed the rental and headed to Garden City, Utah. It's about two and a half hours northeast of Salt Lake, over two beautiful mountain passes. When we arrived in Garden City and came over the rim to start down to Bear Lake (Garden City elevation: 5,950 feet). We just had to stop and catch our breath. The lake is the color of the Caribbean, various shades of turquoise and light blues that were apparent even with the clouds and overcast sky. The weather for the entire weekend was overcast or raining it was just spring in the mountains. But I need to back this story up a bit as some of you probably know Saturday, June 5 I completed the Lake Lanier Island, my first triathlon. I was pleased with everything except my transitions. I swam through the waterweeds and survived the big lady in blue swimming over me three times, with a finishing time of less than 15 minutes! I was hoping for less than 16 minutes. I biked the 12 miles of killer hills and traffic in less than 49 minutes and ran the hot and hilly three miles this year in just over 37 minutes now add more than 10 minutes for transitions. I felt great until Sunday morning. I woke with the worse case of cranky butt I've ever had; and even though I saw Nan and Dr. Dave before I left for Utah, I still hurt pretty badly when I arrived in Garden City. The little town of Garden City was pretty much shut down this time of year, but it's probably a great place in the winter and in August when they have the annual Raspberry Festival. Since we were staying in a condo (no hotels in Garden City), Judy and I stopped at Wal-Mart in Salt Lake and stocked up. Once we got settled in the condo we decided to drive around the lake so we could appreciate the lay of the land. When we got back to the condo we made a nice cheese pizza and I did a little yoga to stretch my tired cranky butt, then iced it and hit the sack by 8 p.m. Friday morning I awoke and had pain in my right hip running down my right leg. So I did a little yoga, popped a couple of ibuprofen, iced and got ready to meet at the city park at 5:30 a.m. Just before leaving I put a thermal heat wrap on my right hip, removing it just before the race started. Idaho Marathon: Friday's race started in Garden City at the city park on the west side of the lake and headed north on gentle rolling hills. We ran on the side of the road or on a snowmobile/bike trail. The beautiful lake was on our right and green pastures with horses and cows were on our immediate left, with tall mountains surrounding us on all sides. Interestingly they didn't have any mile markers for this race, but had support stops religiously every three miles until mile 24. My plan was to go slow due to the elevation, my cranky butt, and the fact that I had never run 26.2 miles two days in a row. Back to back marathoning was new territory for me, so as with Big Sur and Delaware, I stuck with 30/30s. We crossed into Idaho around mile three and continued on the same road until the 13th mile, where we took a hard right turn. This was the north end of the lake and for the next seven miles it was flat as a pancake. Then we hit the hills on the east side of the lake, a welcome change. At this point the hills weren t so bad so I took off and started passing runners, which felt great until around mile 24. All of a sudden my right hip started screaming, but I was determined to finish under 5:45 and not let anyone pass me so I dug deep and pushed on. I finished in 5:44! Judy finished in 5:51! I think there were 70 participants in Friday's race. We headed back to the condo and an ice bath. I popped a couple of ibuprofen, ate a peanut butter sandwich and took a nap. We got up and went in search of breakfast. OK, Running Back to Backs at Bear Lake did I mention Garden City is dead this time of year? I'm here to tell ya there are no eggs to be found at any of the restaurants in Garden City, so we settled for BTL sandwiches. Once again did little yoga and headed for bed by 8:30 p.m. Utah Marathon: Saturday morning, we were up by 3:45 a.m. and once again I had the same hip/leg pain. So I repeated Friday morning's routine but forgot to remove the thermal heat wrap before the race started, so I ran with it on all day. We met at the church near the city park and were bused to the east side of the lake, about four miles from Friday's finish. I think there were about 120 marathon participants and because this is such a small race the start was delayed until almost 7 a.m. while we waited for all the runners to get their ducks in a row. Judy had decided to walk Saturday's marathon, so as soon as she could she took off walking. I had no idea if I could run or not. The first couple of steps were shaky but surprisingly after a few minutes everything started working pretty well. As on Friday I ran 30/30s and caught up with Judy about mile seven. Somewhere around mile 14 a storm came up with driving rain, mile an hour winds and sleet or hail (I don't know the difference. All I know is ice was raining down and bouncing around my feet). Thank God I had that poncho and I had thought to give Judy my backup (black garbage bag). We were still running on the east side of the lake heading south, still on the road. Just after all hell broke loose we picked up a snowmobile/bike path that had just been painted. Thank God again they had freshly painted the yellow line. It was the only thing I could see for the next about two and one half miles. At first I thought I was doing really well: I'm running. I'm feeling good. But when I checked my time it had taken me 15 minutes to run mile 16! I guess that head wind was pushing me back faster than I was moving forward! At times the wind was so strong that I had to hold my poncho down or get airborne! (OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but then again ) Finally, just before mile 17, we turned right SHOR on to what we thought would be better conditions well, the wind and rain did diminish, but the road was a one-plus mile mud pit! You couldn't run, it was just too slippery and the puddles too deep, so I got up on the side of the road and followed a path others had beaten down. Trail run! Finally the mud pit ended and we were back on pavement but there wasn't any place to run but on the road which happened to be a HIGH- WAY! And I swear it was up hill for the next four miles! Most of the traffic tried to get over but there was always some a hole who wouldn't move. Several 18-wheelers zoomed by forcing me to get down in the ditch. So I gave them a few choice words and the middle finger salute! With three miles left, I tanked. I couldn't take another GU or run another step, so I decided to just finish and walk SHORT: it in. I proceeded doing the GA ING mosey. I think it took me almost an hour to walk those last three miles, but I finished in 6:49! Judy came in about ten minutes behind me. When we got back to the condo we were just too wet and cold to do an ice bath, so we showered, napped, and went to Fish Haven, Idaho for dinner. We had run through Fish Haven on Friday and we knew it well it's so small they didn't bother to publish their population numbers. We drove up to the top of a mountain, overlooking the lake on a beautiful golf course and had a wonderful seafood dinner. Seafood in Idaho, weird huh? We made it back to the condo and crashed hard. The next morning oh boy did I hurt, so there was a total repeat of the Friday and Saturday morning's routines. We finally found a place to get breakfast we needed our eggs! Then a quick ride around the lake for photos and we started heading to Salt Lake. All of a sudden I realized I had screwed up and not allowed enough time to get to the airport and check in (we couldn't check in early, no Internet access in Garden City), so I started driving like a bat out of hell, with poor Judy saying over and over again, Don't kill us, we can get another flight! Judy finally checked her itinerary and realized I had recorded the wrong time in my cell phone calendar. Whew! We had plenty of time. We stopped at the same Wal-Mart and bought more thermal heat wraps and wrapped nearly our entire bodies to fly back to Atlanta. Those things really work well. I wore them all day Sunday and all day Monday. When I took them off Monday night and Tuesday morning I thought I was going to die. Thank God for Nan. She came to my house and after working on me for what seemed like over two hours she finally got me fairly comfortable and mobile. Note to self ICE IS GOOD, HEAT IS BAD, repeat ICE IS GOOD, HEAT IS BAD, repeat ICE IS GOOD, HEAT IS BAD. This is a great race. The support is good and the course is beautiful. Back to back Bears are very doable. From Jim Boyd, WA: Bob Dolphin, WA, joined the Japan 100 Marathon Joyful Running Club (also called the Full Hyaku Club) this year. Congratulations, Bob! With Bob is Jon Mahoney of BC. page12

13 Battling the 21st-Annual Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon, New Mexico by Kamiar Kouzekanani, TX In 1942, During WWII, more than 75,000 (67,000 Filipino, 1,000 Chinese Filipino, and 11,796 American) soldiers were forced to march for days in the scorching heat through jungles in the Philippines. Thousands died. The survivors became prisoners of war. The 60-mile march occurred after the three-month Battle of Bataan. It was the largest American surrender since the American Revolution. The march was accounted as a Japanese war crime. To honor the survivors of the Bataan, the Army ROTC Department at New Mexico State University began sponsoring the Memorial March in In 1992, White Sands Missile Range and the New Mexico National Guard joined in the sponsorship and the event was moved to the Missile Range. In 2003, for the only time in its history, the March was canceled due to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since its inception, the March has grown from about 100 people to thousands of marchers from across the United States and several foreign countries. While primarily a military event, many civilians choose to take the challenge. The March offers two routes (a 26.2-mile marathon run or a 15.2-mile shorter run). The marathon categories are 1) military and civilian individual light, 2) military and civilian individual heavy (carrying a minimum of 35 pounds in rucksacks/backpacks throughout the run), 3) team military, and 4) team civilian. Each team consists of five members and all have to cross the finish line within 20 seconds of each other. I arrived at Las Cruces on Friday and stayed in Ramada Inn (about 32 miles from the Missile Range). The event was very well organized. Each marcher received a shortsleeved cotton T-shirt, a dog tag, and an individualized multi-colored certificate of participation. The pre-race pasta buffet dinner on Saturday was very good and cost only $10. The morning of the race was chilly. I was dressed like an onion in layers! The temperature ranged from high 30s to mid 60s. It was sunny and there was hardly any wind, which pleasantly surprised us, as the blowing sands could make the run really tough (it was quite windy on Friday and Saturday). There were nearly 5,700 runners and marchers. The start time was at 7:05 a.m. We had been asked to report to the Missile Range by no later than 4:30 a.m. There was a continental breakfast at no charge. The opening ceremony started at 6:35 a.m., which included the national anthem, reveille, invocation, remarks, and a moving roll call. Two F22s flew over at the end of the ceremony. A few survivors were present. I shook their hands as I was walking to the start line; in a few years, there will not be any survivors. The course, as expected, was quite challenging. There were hills. The sandy portions of the terrain were tough. In short, this marathon is not for the timid. The elevation range was from 4,100 to 5,300 feet. It was mainly on trails. Between miles nine and 10, we began a 3.5-mile climb on a paved road to HTA (Hazard Test Area). At the HTA, we made a left turn and began running on a scenic trail, circling a mountain, before returning to the same paved road (about mile 19). As we were running down the road, hundreds of marchers were on their way up. I found myself to be more of a spectator than a runner. It was an amazing sight. I made several stops to take photos. The last 10K was on a trail. The infamous Sand Pit is around mile 21 and I found it to be the hardest part of the course (ankle deep soft sand). There were 12 aid stations offering water, sports drink and fruit. The volunteers were cheerful. There were mile markers. The course was open until 8:00 p.m. The run was chip-timed. Lunch was served at the finish. The winning times were: 2:47:19 (civilian male light, 945 finishers), 3:27:30 (civilian female light, 556 finishers), 4:44:36 (civilian male heavy, 203 finishers), 5:41:19 (civilian female heavy, 32 finishers), 4:18:56 (military male light, 378 finishers), 4:47:19 (military female light, 93 finishers), 4:10:54 (military male heavy, 376 finishers), and 6:56:54 (military female heavy, 50 finishers). I had a great time running the marathon. I did not walk any of the hills. I ran the half in 2:09 (9:50 pace) and crossed the finish line in 4:24:49 (10:06 pace). I placed 73rd among the 945 civilian male light finishers. I ran the last 10K with a German runner. She had moved to NM 20 years ago. She was having serious calf problems. We talked a lot, which helped us mentally. She gave me a high five at the finish. I should have asked for a hug! This turned out to be an amazing running experience. I highly recommend the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon. Inaugural Memorial Day Marathon Gives a New Race to Berkshire, Massachusetts by Charles Nelson, NH When Cathy Troisi, NY sent out an about a new marathon in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, I basically ignored the thought of running up and down large elevation changes in late May, probably in warm weather. I realized last week that since I have nothing else to do other than to paint my house, that this race may be a better alternative after all. Plus, with 139 marathons it will be nice to make this race number 140. Three days before the race I check out the temperatures and the course elevation chart. Just as I thought an almost guaranteed suicide run. The last 9.2 miles is loaded with climbs both steep and long. The temperatures are in the 60s at the 8 a.m. start and gradually rise to the mid and upper 70s before I finish. On Saturday I find Tanglewood, where events and famous performers put shows on all summer long. I never imagined that my first visit to Tanglewood would be as an acting participant on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend in a marathon race. I meet Cathy Troisi at the packet pickup. I miss the left we are supposed to take so I sneak around the statute and go left where I legally should go straight. I look in the mirror and Cathy is doing all my illegal moves and is sticking close behind me. At a second glance, the police cruiser is right on Cathy's tail. I think it s me they will ultimately pull over. I progress through town slowly and luckily after about a half mile the cruiser must have noticed we were out of towners and let us go on our merry ways. We hunted around for some breakfast stuff in the morning. Now it's back to the Econo-Lodge for a night's rest before tomorrow's fun in the mountains. We head out about 6:45 a.m. to the race start area. Cathy gives me a ladybug sticker for my race number. The ladybug charity began when Cathy's daughter was diagnosed with cancer a few years back. With the ladybug firmly attached, I will think of Kimi today when I reach a tough patch and I hope, Kimi, you do some strong magic and help me through. I never knew Kimi but what I know of her is that she not only loved running but she was a tough battler. That is why Kimi's children and her mother Cathy not only survive, but strive to be successful in Kimi's name. From what I can tell you won't find more love than that. We all have problems and setbacks. The secret is to find the good during the bad times we all go through along life's journey. Chuck Marathon Junkie Engle is here to try and win another marathon. Chuck has won a marathon in all but four or five states and his win total will move up one more notch after today's race. The national anthem is sung and the military presence steps aside as the gun sounds and the marathon is on. I don't think there is a better way to spend a Memorial Day weekend than taking on a challenge with fellow competitors all trying to do their best at a difficult task. There is a large police presence both on the roads and near the start finish area. Without the volunteers' help, the runners wouldn't have the pleasure of tackling today's monster race course. Today there is a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon. After about five miles, the marathoners are on their own. The good thing about the hills is there are a lot of trees to shade the runners. I also notice when we find some flat running along a lake or river, the sun gets the best of us. This race has everything from beautiful views, climbs and descents, sun, breezes and different little towns to pass through. Also the golf course was an absolutely beautiful green. In miles five to eight I meet up with Cowboy Bob from Florida. It seems over the years Bob gets the better of me in most marathons, but it s a fair fight because we are both 59. Today I am running smart and taking in water, salt, electrolytes, along with Vespa and 12 ounces of nitric oxide. The race said there would only be water for the first 20 miles. Carrying my own fluids kept my body in a state where I wouldn't crash. The real tough section of the course begins at the 17-mile mark and it is basically climb, descend, climb higher, descend steeper and so on. The last 300 yards is basically all downhill. I reach the finish in 44th place of 108 finishers with a time of 4:15:20. The last 9.2 miles are what the Berkshires are all about: beauty and pain, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. The finishers' medals are dog tags printed with the date, race name and finisher. The other tag has the race cause The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund with a mountain in the background and a couple runners. In its first year, this race may have had some minor quirks but overall they put on a great inaugural event. Congrats to the race committee and all who volunteered their time to make this run possible. The only damage I seemed to have suffered from thes race was a blister under and around my right big toe, which was the size if a giant grape. It was probably caused by the side pitch of the road along with my fairly new racing flats. After comparing notes with Cathy Troisi, it seems she also wound up with a giant blister around and on the bottom of one of her heels. Cathy tells me she never gets blisters, which indicates even more strongly that the road pitch had something to do with our blister problems. page13

14 by Robert Bishton, FL Marathoners record an amazing variety of statistics and develop some interesting milestones to celebrate, and 2009 was a year during which I could celebrate reaching four of them. Unfortunately, the road to get there was bumpy and started rather inauspiciously. I wrenched my back following the Myrtle Beach Marathon and for the next three weeks prior to my 100th marathon in my father's hometown of Albany, GA, I was experiencing the most pain I've ever had and ate Percocet as if they were M&Ms. Other than a chiropractor looking at the x-ray and reporting that I have curvature of the spine that is outside normal parameters, nothing appears to be amiss. Three massage sessions help considerably, so I leave for the Snickers Marathon with fingers crossed. I planned to celebrate this milestone by leading the 4:00 group, but was thankfully relieved of that responsibility. I decided to be an unofficial co-pacer and was running well until the mile 11 mark when my back locked up again and I had to drop back. Then, while I'm running past my parents former home during mile 12, Steve Boone, Club treasurer, pulls alongside and says that I look like death warmed over. By the time I reach mile 18, the 4:15 and 4:30 groups have passed me. I literally limp in at 4:51 and was disappointed that the celebration plans of this first milestone had gone awry. The second milestone event came three weeks later when I completed my 100th different marathon in Knoxville, and in April I traveled to Oklahoma City for the Memorial Marathon in an attempt to reach the third milestone. As a member of the 50sub4 Club, I am trying to complete runs in all 50 states and DC with times less than four hours, and Oklahoma is the last state I need. The Memorial is my third Oklahoma attempt and I fail once again when I cross the line in 4:01 because the headwinds during the last five miles get the better of me. Drat! Two of three milestone celebration events are busts and now I'm setting the stage for being possibly cursed a third time while attempting to reach the fourth one. I request that I be issued bib 100 for the Bismarck Marathon. The 3:59 I ran in Roswell was my 99th sub- 4:00 finish and I am hoping to run my 100th in Bismarck. Diane Bolton, TN and I go to pick up our packets after arrival and, sure enough, I am given 100. By incredible coincidence, I had received my 100 Marathon Club singlet earlier that week, so I brought it with me to wear for the first time. Am I purposefully goading the god of fate by putting 100 on a singlet already emblazoned with 100 on the front and back? That night I slept like a baby, which is unusual, and we all got ready in plenty of time to walk over for pre-race socializing and eats. Never one to pass on food, I have a bagel Are Milestones a Curse or a Joy? slathered with strawberry cream cheese, a confectionary sugar-covered cake donut and a cup of Starbucks. OK, now that I'm tanked up with sugar, carbs and caffeine, I head for the start. But wait. During the brief walk I spot a boy who is apparently running in the 5K race. My heart went straight up to block my throat. This pre-teen was a double leg amputee wearing metal running prostheses. I have to stop for a moment, take a couple of deep breaths, and reflect on this before continuing my search for Jeff. Jeff decides on a 3:40 and indicates he will keep an eye on me. With the command to go, I'm off and weaving my way through the crowd. At the mile one marker I glance at my watch and read 8:12. This is almost a minute faster than the 9:10 pace needed to finish in 3:59. At the mile three marker I note that these are probably the fastest first miles I've run in a long time. Now I'm quite conflicted because maybe I'm going out too fast and will pay for it later. I still haven't seen Jeff yet, where is he? During mile seven two women pull alongside and running instep with them puts me in a good frame of mind. Unfortunately, I discover they are doing the half marathon and their turnaround point is mile eight. As most of the runners make a U-turn, I turn right and suddenly find myself alone with only a couple of runners visible in the far distance. Pooh, what a downer! From here to the turnaround point I'm running well and maintaining my pace. A 1:52 at the halfway mark is fine with me until I finally spot Jeff coming my way just before mile 15. My first reaction is, Oh, he's too close. A series of negative thoughts about him passing me go through my head; however, the next few miles go by uneventfully. I've greeted Kevin, Diane, and others on their way to the turn around, and haven't been passed by a runner since I made the turn at mile eight. I know because I'm glancing at the bibs of those who are passing and they are all fresh relayteam members. To my continued amazement, everything is going well: my splits are still well under the nine-minute mark, I feel like I'm a running metronome and I'm solidly focused. One of the pleasurable moments came during that long out-and-back stretch. A mother and her four-to-five-yearold son are standing in front of their home and when he spots me coming by he looks up at his mother's face, smiles and says, A cowboy! I veer slightly left off the pavement, extend my hand, and he slaps it. On the way back I see him looking for me, so, to the delight of his mom, I cross the road and slap hands a second time. I m into my countdown mode by the time I reach mile 21 and when I make the left turn from the highway to a path, I get a little mental boost of relief knowing that the end is reasonably near. At mile 22 I'm in the mix with a new batch of fresh relay runners. While some fly past me, L to R: Jeff Bollman, MT; Robert Bishton, FL; Diane Bolton, TN; and Tim Marquardt, Il; and Kevin Brosi, TX. others don't and now I find myself running with a young couple. The path takes a slight right turn and then presents a left or right fork. I continue to the right, see a little sign with an X on it, and simultaneously hear them yell, Wrong way! Oops! I recover from that snafu rather quickly and when I see the mile 23 marker, I figure that I can finish in well under four hours and I'm stoked! I finally enter the park and as I make the last right turn, I can hear but not yet see the finish line. One more slight dogleg to the left and there it is dead ahead, the finish line and clock. A surge of pride and satisfaction goes through me as I grin from ear to ear. The announcer says my name, the spectators lining the chute applaud, and I doff my hat briefly before crossing the line in 3:42! My first thought is to turn around and look for Jeff because he provided the psychological push to keep me going by being the hound chasing the fox. I move off the path and Jeff comes across in 3:44. I'm elated to have exorcised the demons pestering me about my past two milestone disappointments while running my one and only negative-split marathon. Icing on the cake is placing second in my age group and receiving a nice race jacket. So, three of four milestones were reached successfully in the same year and all is good in the world at that moment, but the joy of this day is not over. After I get back to the motel and into the shuttle van, the other passenger spots my hat and says, So you're the cowboy. Then he remarks, You did it again. What? I ask, and he replies that I always seem to pass him in the last third of his races and I had done so here at mile 18. He introduces himself and talks about the six or so marathons he can recall and the most vivid is the first time in Atlantic City in October Remember how we had to dodge around all those people on the boardwalk who could've cared less that a marathon was in progress? I surely did and caught him right around the mile 26 mark. No wonder he remembers! We continue our pleasant conversation on the plane and it turns out our next marathon together is Des Moines. Don't worry about me passing you there, I say. Why? he asks. Because, I'm running the Siouxland Marathon the day before. My last note: If you have reached a personal or unique milestone, let Paula Boone and Lois Berkowitz know about it. Example: Henry Rueden has completed inaugural marathons in all 50 states and DC. By the way, I ran a 3:46 at Siouxland and a 3:50 in Des Moines the next morning. Doc finished in 3:48, so he was almost lassoed. On June 12, 2010, I reached the 150- marathon milestone. Robert finishes the last few miles. page14

15 I Missed It? Taking the Wrong Turn Tacks on Serious Time at Mountain MD Marathon by Don Taylor, WV I was in Cumberland recently to run the Mountain MD Marathon where I had a unique experience. There were three races on Sunday, April 18: a 5K, a half and the marathon, and we all started together at The out-and-back marathon heads up the Great Allegheny Passage, which is part of a continuous 300-mile crushed limestone rails-to-trails network connecting DC to Pittsburgh, the course being roughly ten miles up and ten down, at a three percent grade with a couple miles of Cumberland streets thrown in at the start and finish. Being my usual sociable self (?) I chatted my way through the streets of Cumberland until I realized I was not going up anything like a three percent crushed limestone grade at all; in fact it looked like I was heading back into town, which is exactly what I was doing. I d missed the marathon turn-off and was heading towards the 5K finish. After I crossed the finish line it took time to find an official, and when eventually I found one he agreed to drive me to the 5K/marathon split point I'd missed earlier. I had a couple of miles of road to run before reaching the trail head but as I turned west to head up the trail I was grabbed by an official (I determined later he was probably the village idiot) who told me I had to first head down trail for a couple of miles and turn around in the railroad tunnel which I did pause to question because I d not been informed of this change. About a mile down the trail I realized this was not right. I d cycled the trail before and I realized slowly, all too slowly, that the Brush tunnel was in a westerly direction and I was now running in the half marathon event. Oh my! I spun around and headed up trail to thump that pseudo-official on the nose but he was gone when I got there; which is just as well because having participated already in all three events, the last thing I needed on that crazy day was to spend a night in the slammer! I was now more than an hour behind the last of the marathon runners but since I d never before been last in a marathon I knew I had a chance of catching perhaps a couple of injured runners, or even a walker or two if I busted my skinny butt up this sissy three percent grade. Not since my last Pike s Peak marathon had I enjoyed a trail climb as much as I enjoyed this one, but as I met the last of the slow runners coming down hill a couple of miles from the turnaround, I realized I was not going to overtake anyone. I didn t walk a step for the remainder of the race, the objective now being to beat the eight-hour cutoff. Now there's another humorous twist. At the pasta dinner the night before I d asked the race director why an eight hour cut-off whenseven hours would have been adequate to accommodate walkers. He chose to keep it at eight hours, which actually saved my butt because as I raced up to the finish line at Cumberland's decorative railway station, race officials, cops, food and drink were waiting for me. The clock gave me a 7:56:09. Phew! What a scream. What an amusing and exhilarating experience. I haven t worked out the exact mileage yet but it was way over 30 for the day. The race director was full of apologies but he was not to blame. I was embarrassed to hear I was the only runner to miss the marathon/5k divide, which is a real bummer because when they look up the results and see I was the oldest in the race, you know what everyone will be thinking. Oh my! From the DC/Baltimore airports Cumberland is an easy three-hour drive. The host hotel is a stone's throw from I- 68W and gives a very reasonable marathon rate. The start is a one-minute walk from the hotel steps and it's a five-minute walk from the finish. There are several restaurants all within walking distance. The marathon course is one of the most scenic I ve ever run the views are staggering, and I ll be there next year. If anyone is interested in running the 5K/marathon combo next year, be my guest. You're on your own. SHORTS: Finishers at Casper, Wyoming, L to R: Sara Wolfe (not 50 Stater), Henry Rueden, WI, Chuck Struckness, ND, Frank Bartucci, MN, Larry Macon, TX, Barb Wnek, MO, Jim Simpson, CA, and Al Kohli, WI. Yolanda Holder, CA and Eddie Hahn, CA at the Labor of Love Marathon, UK. Yolanda was featured in an article in this magazine, which mentioned her drive to complete 100 walking marathons to enter the Guinness Book of Records. At a gorgeous Bear Lake double, L to R: Steve Boone, TX, Joe and Frances Wasicka, TX, Kevin Brosi, TX, Gary Krugger, PA and Morgan Cummings, TX. From Eric Johnson, NC: I received my finishers award and had temporarily forgotten how big the accomplishment was until I tore open the box. My wife said I looked like a five year old on Christmas morning. Thanks for everything. Scenic Callaway Gardens Marathon Gives Georgia a Good Name by Steffen Schneider, NV Hey Georgia, here I come. What marathon should I run in January to help me complete my 50 States marathon goal? Georgia looked like a great option. Flying into Atlanta airport and only having to drive a little over an hour into the countryside to visit a very special garden horticulture resort known as Callaway Gardens sounds like just the perfect getaway marathon destination. Callaway Gardens is a five-acre garden, sub-mediterranean conservatory located within a 150-acre resort park. It is complete with golf course, tennis center and horticultural center famous in the South as a vacation and a corporate-retreat facility. My friend and fellow Las Vegas Track Club member, Phil Weiland, NV and I flew out on a red-eye flight and arrived at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday in time for breakfast at one of the hundreds of Waffle House coffee shops located over many areas of the Southern states. We finally found the town of White Pine, Georgia after taking a couple of wrong turns, and were able to get an early check-in at the Callaway Gardens Resort Center. We went on a tour of the enclosed garden center, which is a gigantic greenhouse with plants from many parts of the world, complete with exotic birds. Unlike most building projects, the principal architect for the Sibley Center was a landscape architect. The late Robert Marvin of Walterboro, South Carolina was known for pioneering environmental design concepts that provided maximum energy conservation. The indoor and outdoor gardens flow together as a seamless landscape, separated seasonally by 26 folding glass doors measuring 24-feet high. The marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier and has similar elevation changes. Over the past eight years, the marathon at Callaway Gardens has become very popular with the 50 Staters. Callaway Gardens has a reputation for beauty and hospitality that the 50 Staters desire. The marathon is two loops through Callaway Gardens. The half marathon is one loop. As the finish line area entered my view, I could hear the announcer who had already spotted my race bib number and had identified me by name and as being from Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcer was actually talking to me individually and recognized by the clock that if I were to sprint the last 100 yards I could finish in under the next given hour time. Notice I did not give the actual hour, due to it not being fast enough to brag about. I do not want to discourage newcomer marathoners whose goal it is to run a respectable time. But nonetheless I did finish within that particular time goal with just a couple of seconds to spare. The next day Phil and I went shopping at a local grocery store and bought a case of regional jams from a fruit I had never even heard of, called muscadine, similar to a giant grape, grown only in the Southern states. I could not resist buying several bottles of Frog Jam, a combination of figs, raspberries, oranges and ginger, to send back to Utah for my sisters and mother who appreciate all sorts of exotic jams, jellies and preserves. You just can't have enough good gourmet jam in the cupboard. Which is also to say, that perhaps if I ate less gourmet jams and jellies, I could run the next marathon in a respectable time worth bragging about. But finish I did, with a lot of fun from the start, and faster than many previous marathons. No complaints. I was just happy to participate, travel to a new location and complete another scenic running event. This is a great marathon for someone who appreciates nature and the beauty of exotic gardens, if you don't mind flying to Georgia to get there. Marathons of unique varieties are truly the spice of exciting running experiences. Next marathon on the list is in the state of Alabama. Happy running! page15

16 New Jersey Reunion: nd Quarter Top photo: Pre-race professional bartender, Dave Bell, CO. (I think he has a calling.) Center photo: Peggy McKean, NJ, Fran Licasci, NJ, Tom Brand, NJ, Laura Skladzinski, NY, David Williams, TX, Annette Wulffe, Il and Diane Bolton, TN. Bottom photo: Annette Wulffe, IL. Happy Birthday! Long Branch, New Jersey Stats: It was HOT! Tim Marquardt completed his 50 states. David Williams completed his 50 states. Larry Tabachnick completed his 200th marathon. Frank Bartocci completed five times around. Annette Wulffe celebrated her birthday with us. Top photo: 50 States members after the reunion meeting Middle photo: Jeff Venable, TX and Diane Bolton, TN at the pre-race dinner. Bottom photo: Laura Skladzinski, NY, with her mom. Laura has since become our youngest finisher of the 50 states! Huge thank you to Peggy McKean for arranging our pre-race pasta party. Huge thank you to Tom Brand, NJ and Fran Libasci, NJ for helping with the expo and providing snacks for the meeting. page 16

17 2010 World Tour: Rio de Janeiro We dressed in Carnaval costumes, we toured the rainforest, we visited the Christ Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and oh yes, the wonderful beaches. From Diana Burton, NJ: Gorgeous! Surely this marathon that runs along the cliffs and in full view of the ocean for nearly the entire course can t be any less than the famous Rio de Janeiro Marathon. It s truly an amazing view, full of surprises (and whoever thought there would be hills and long ones at that). Everywhere you looked there were awesome and varied scenes. The highlights would include running beside the famous Ipanema Beach as well as Copacabana Beach, by the side of Sugar Loaf Mountain jutting straight out of the sea, and finishing in sight of Corcovado (Christ) Mountain. page 17

18 Seeing Double September 9/4/10 Pocatello Pocatello, ID 9/5/10 Grand Teton Trail Alta, WY 9/5/10 Flatlanders 6/12 Hour Fenton, MO 9/6/10 Heart of America--Columbia, MO 9/11/10 Patriot's Run--Olathe, KS 9/12/10 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD 5+ hours 9/18/10 Bismarck Bismarck, ND 9/19/10 Governor's Cup Billings, MT 5+ hours 9/24-26/10 Lake Tahoe Triple Lake Tahoe, CA/NV/CA triple May 10/2/10 New Hampshire Bristol, NH 10/3/10 Smuttynose Rockfest Hampton Beach, NH 10/3/10 Maine Portland, ME 10/2/10 Freedom s Run Shepherdstown, WV 10/3/10 Johnstown Johnstown, PA 10/3/10 Wineglass Bath, NY 10/09/10 Hartford Hartford, CT 10/10/10 Mohawk Hudson River Schenectady, NY 10/10/10 Steamtown Scranton, PA 10/16/10 Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 10/17/10 Louisville Louisville, KY 10/17/10 Columbus Columbus, OH 10/17/10 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MI 10/17/10 Detroit Detroit, MI 10/16/10 St. Pat s 24/12/6 hour South Bend, IN 10/17/10 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MI 10/17/10 Detroit Detroit, MI 10/17/10 Louisville Louisville, KY 10/17/10 Columbus Columbus, OH 10/16/10 Baltimore Baltimore, MD 10/17/10 Asbury Park Asbury Park, NJ 10/16/10 Kansas City Kansas City, MO 10/17/10 Des Moines Des Moines, IA 10/23/10 Columbia River Power Umatilla, OR 10/24/10 Columbia Gorge Hood River, OR 10/23/10 Rock Creek 50K Lawrence, KS 10/24/10 On the Road for Education Mason City, IA 5+ hours November 11/6/10 City of Leaves--Boone, NC 11/7/10 City of Oaks--Raleigh, NC 11/6/10 Stinson Beach Stinson Beach, CA 11/7/10 Two Cities Fresno, CA 11/13/10 Catalina Eco Catalina, CA 11/14/10 Malibu International Malibu, CA 11/13/10 Rutledge Rutledge, TN 11/14/10 Peachtree City 25K/50K Peachtree City, GA 11/20/10 Mountain Home for Kenya Mountain Home, AR 11/21/10 Route 66 Tulsa, OK 11/21/10 Gobbler Grind Overland Park, KS January 1/08/11 Mississippi Blues Jackson, MS 1/09/11 First Light Mobile, AL 1/22/11 Hilo to Volcano 50K Hilo, HI Gregory Lum Ho /23/11 Maui Oceanfront Maui, HI (Hour flight between islands) February 2/5/11 Death Valley Death Valley, CA 2/6/11 Surf City Huntington Beach, CA $ Deals for Our Members $ Check the Web site regularly for deals Fox Cities Marathon 9/19/10 Appleton, WI is offering a $10 discount for the marathon (code: 50STMARA) and a $5 discount for the half (code: 50STHALF). St. Pat s 6/12/24 Hour Race 10/15-16/10 South Bend, IN is offering a $10 discount to our members. Grand Rapids Marathon 10/17/10 Grand Rapids, MI is offering a $7.50 discount. Use the code: 50States. Mount Desert Island Marathon 10/17/10 Bar Harbor, ME is offering a $15 discount to members in good standing. Please use the discount code: MDI50STATES when registering online. Wisconsin Dells Marathon 10/24/10 Wisconsin Dells, WI is offering a $5 discount on active.com. Please use the code DELLS10. Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 11/6/10 Indianapolis, IN is offering a discount. Use the code FUN50Stater Manchester City Marathon 11/7/10 Manchester, NH is offering a $10 discount. Use the code: 50stateclub Gobbler Grind Marathon 11/21/10 Overland Park, KS is offering a $5 discount to members. Waco Miracle Match Marathon 1/30/11 Waco, TX is offering a $10 discount. Use the code: 50texas. Snickers Marathon 3/5/11 Albany, GA is offering a $5 discount. Write 50state on the mail in application. 2/20/11 Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC 2/14/10 Valentine's Day Boone, NC 2/26/11 Post Oak (50K) Tulsa, OK 2/27/11 Post Oak (26.2) Tulsa, OK 2/26/11 Surfside Beach (50K/26.2 Surfside, TX 2/27/11 Cowtown (50K/26.2) Fort Worth, TX Doubles are marathons and/or ultras which can be run on consecutive days with a drive time of 5 hours or so. Many of our members enjoy running doubles to help cut down on the costs of travelling to two marathons separately. Please check the individual race web sites before scheduling your trip. If you find other doubles let us know so we can include the races on our schedule. We now have Doubles listed on the club web site under Schedules on the menu bar. Please include race name/date/web site. page18

19 Events Directed by Our Members: September January 2011 Skagit Flats Burlington, WA 09/12/10 Terry Sentinella Crazy Horse Hill City, SD 10/3/10 Jerry Dunn Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MI 10/17/10 Don Kern Frankenthon Monster Cedar Park, TX 10/23/10 Frank Livaudais Stone Steps 50K Cincinnati, OH 10/24/10 David Corfman Indianapolis Monumental Indianapolis, IN 11/06/10 Carlton Ray & Tom Hathaway Two Cities (50K/26.2/13.1) Fresno, CA 11/07/10 Nancy Talley & Mike Herman Bartram Forest 50K/26.2 Milledgeville, GA 11/27/10 Kevin Hatfield Baton Rouge Beach Baton Rouge, LA 12/4/10 Craig Watson Milestones Ed Downey 100th Mardi Gras New Orleans, LA 02/28/10 Tony Gialanella 200th Trailbreaker Waukesha, WI 03/27/10 David Reid 100th Yakima River Canyon Yakima, WA 03/27/10 Kendell Prescott 300th Labor of Love Las Vegas, NV 04/10/10 Karen Van Rite 100th St. Louis St. Louis, MO 04/11/10 Darren Minnemann 100th Kentucky Derby Louisville, KY 04/24/10 Steve Hughes 100th Kentucky Derby Louisville, KY 04/24/10 Bobby Duke 100th Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK 04/25/10 John Leonhart 150th Big Sur Carmel, CA 04/25/10 Jim Simpson 700th Cornbelt 24 Hour Eldridge, IA 05/01/10 Dave Swenson 150th Lincoln Lincoln, NE 05/02/10 Larry Tabachnick 200th New Jersey Long Branch, NJ 05/02/10 Winston Davis 100th Darkside 8 Hour Peachtree City, GA 05/15/10 Mary Fischl 100th Great Wall of China Beijing China 05/18/10 Rich Holmes 250th Vermont City Burlington, VT 05/30/10 Bob Livitz 150th Andy Payne Oklahoma City, OK 05/30/10 Tom Hosner 150th Rock 'N' Roll San Diego, CA 06/06/10 Robert Bishton 150th Marathon to Marathon Marathon, IA 06/12/10 Kamika Smith 100th Rock 'N' Roll Seattle Seattle, WA 06/26/10 Gerard Lopez 100th Australian Outback Ayers Rock, Australia 07/31/10 Ron Westbury 100th Humpy's Anchorage, AK 08/15/10 Paul Fournier 150th San Francisco San Francisco, CA 07/25/10 John Bozung 300th Deseret News Salt Lake City, UT 07/24/10 Byron Adams 100th Montreal Montreal, QC, Canada 09/5/10 page19 Bartram 100 Mile & 100K Milledgeville, GA 12/11-12/10 Chris Lowery Texas Marathon-Kingwood, TX 01/01/11 Steve & Paula Boone /texas.html Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon--Northfield, MN 01/9/11 Dick Daymont Ocala Ocala, FL 01/23/11 Chuck Savage Kahtoola Wasatch Winter 50K/5K Midway, UT 01/29/11 John Bozung Waco Waco, TX 01/30/11 Nancy Goodnight Boone, NC events from member Matt Jenkins Members: If you are a race director or race organizer and would like to have your race listed in the next newsletter, please contact

20 Reunion Marathons Third Quarter 2010 Omaha Marathon Omaha, NE 9/26/10 If you send us an and let us know you ll be at the reunion, we can send you updated info as we get it. Join us at one or more of these upcoming reunions. We ll have a booth and a meeting at each. Plan to stop by our booth to update your stats and meet other members. We ll have snacks at each meeting! Check the club web site for last minute details. Fourth Quarter 2010 City of Oaks Marathon Raleigh, NC 11/7/10 First Quarter 2011 First Light Marathon Mobile, AL 1/9/11 Second Quarter 2011 Fargo Marathon Fargo, ND 5/21/11 Advertising with the club The 50 States Marathon Club can help you by advertising your marathon or running related service. Race Director Complimentary Services: Your race (marathon distance or further) can be added to the schedule portion of our website at no charge to you. Please with your event date, name, location, and web address. If your organization offers an incentive to our members, it will be posted on the website under Deals for our members and listed in the newsletter until the date of your event. Some organizations have offered discounts, pasta tickets, commemorative shirts, special recognition, etc. Please with your event date, name, location, web address, and any details about the incentive. Newsletter Advertising: Full color newsletters are mailed to each of our members four times a year. Advertising space in our newsletter may be purchased for the following prices: Full page (approx. 10x12) - $400 Half page - $200 Quarter page - $ States Marathon Club members in good standing will receive a 10% discount. The 50 States Marathon Club Board of Directors reserves the right to approve and edit all advertising. Please provide camera ready art in your copy (.jpg,.gif, or other non-.pdf extensions - limit 5 MB capacity). We are no longer able to accommodate inserts. Advertisements must be received one month prior to the publishing date. Deadlines for submissions: March 1- for April newsletter June 1- for July newsletter September 1- for October newsletter December 1- for January newsletter For information, please contact Lois Berkowitz, newsletter editor, Please pre-pay with a check made payable to: 50 States Marathon Club PO Box Houston, TX This publication is printed with soy inks on 50 percent Post-Consumer Recycled Newsprint.