After nine months, 35 pounds, and 500 miles or so, I’m ready to see if I can actually run a marathon – no matter how slowly!
I’m going to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and hope to finish before 2 p.m. Yes, a slow 11-12 minute/mile pace – about the same as a riding lawnmower.
Because Boston has been postponed, I set up a 26.2 mile course with similar elevations to the Boston Marathon around Ann Arbor with the help of ’83 champion Greg Meyer (Grand Rapids guy) and Geoff Burns, and with a crucial twist: a marathon of memories, starting at my parents’ home, past just about everything I care about in this city.
You can find the route here: https://bit.ly/2wGsJUW.
Below I’ve listed the mile splits, though of course my times might be a little off. But this should help if you care to join for part of the journey — at a safe distance, of course, though I don’t think that will be easy to achieve as I’m slogging by your home. I’d love to see some friendly faces along the way if possible, and we’re taping this for radio and possibly TV. I’ll also be doing a story on this next week.
We’ve also set up the Share My Location feature on my iPhone to help, well, locate me. (If you have and I-phone and want to follow, send Ed Sponseller your name & cell # ).
I realize everyone is being asked to help in these trying times, so don’t feel compelled in any way, but since a bunch of folks have asked, we ultimately did decide to attach a fund-raiser, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which has given $6.6 million to 7,500 independent booksellers since starting 23 years ago. The list includes my two favorites: Literati, and Nicola’s Books, and everyone is fighting for survival. Again, ZERO obligation, of course. Give if the spirit moves you. We’ve donated ourselves, and have a special link for those who want to chip in. https://secure.donationpay.org/bincfoundation/covid.php?source=JBacon
Thanks to all of you who helped me in so many ways along this journey!
Any questions, just ask!
Mile 0. 9:00am.
(Bacons, Meaders, Pustells, Roddys. Weisman, Patterson.
King School, in honor of Mr. Pudduck, Mrs. Strohl.
Mile 1: 9:11 or so.
3805 Wynnstone Dr. – the old AA homebuilding house!
In honor of Tom Lancaster
-Passing the Hisses, Benedeks, Severances, Barnetts.
Mile 2: about 9:23 or so.
Green Briar Apartments
-In honor of the Childs and Megginsons on Middleton.
Mile 3: 9:34 or so.
Green Road, just past Plum Market.
-Sugarbush Park. Yellowstone. (Uhers)
Mile 4: 9:46 or so
Bogards, Weinholds, Sponsellers/Commiskeys/Chappuis.
Mile 5: 9:57 am or so.
Clague: in honor of Bob Galardi, Stu White, Bidlack, Neaton, Bob Cope.
Mile 6: 10:08 or so.
North Campus Research Center (Pfizer)
Mile 7: 10:19 or so.
Huron High, in honor of Dave Stringer, Lori Wojtowicz, Kent Overby. Mr. George. Mr. Harris, Ed Klum, Al Gallup, Rod Sorge.
Mile 8: 10:30 or so.
In honor of my Huron Hockey players, who ran there.
Mile 9: 10:42 or so
Gallup Park-past playground
Mile 10: 10:54 or so.
Gallup Park-Dixboro Dam
Mile 11: 11:06 or so
Gallup Park-Dixboro Dam (again, going back)
Mile 12: 11:1 or so
Gallup Park –approaching playground (again)
Mile 13: 11:30 or so
Gallup Park trail
Mile 14: 11:42 or so
Arb: approaching road hill
Mile 15: 11:55 or so
Top of Arb on Geddes
Mile 16: 12:06 or so
Arlington/Devonshire 5-way stop
Bo’s House, passing the Weismans, McMurtries, Ramseys
Mile 17: 12:18 or so
Vinewood and Washtenaw
Passing the Borcherts, Robert Frost, Knight-Wallace
Mile 18: 12:30 or so
The UM Hospital
Mile 19: 12:42 or so
Mile 20: 12:44 or so
Mile 21: 12:53 or so IM Building
Mile 22: 1:05 or so
Packard and Granger/Burns ParkIn honor of Coach Ronnie Warhurst, our “senior shuffle”
Mile 23: 1:17 or so
Packard and East U/McKinley
Mile 24: 1:29 or so
Big House: Stadium and Main
Mile 25: 1:41 or so
Bach School (Passing the Kleins, Andersons, Tobins, Michigan Radio)
Mile 26: 1:52 or so
West Park – then HOME! (My family!)
NOTE: I am NOT stopping in West Park, but up the hill and home to 603 Fountain Street. We’ll have some beer there, and plenty of room to spread out!
THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR HELPING ME ALONG THIS JOURNEY, WHICH STARTED 55 YEARS AGO!
Whether I see you or not, I’ll be thinking of you in appreciation along the way!