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  • In This IssueMay / June 2009 Vol. 31, No. 2

    Cover: The Plymouth YMCAs Fathers Day Run celebrates its 30th anniversary on June21. In 2008, Paul Hoke, a Fathers Day Run regular, finishes the 10K. He is joined byMadeline Hoke, bib number 333, age 10, and Isabelle Hoke, bib number 334, age 6.Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios.

    At the Races

    Features & Departments

    CalendarMay - August 2009 p. 40

    Editors Notes: MarathonMan By Scott Sullivan p. 4

    Running Revelations By Dave Foley p. 12

    My Favorite (Running) Things By Bill Kalmar p. 16

    Running Shorts with Scott Hubbard p. 18

    Beyond the Chip: Forever Young? By Desiree Davila p. 19

    Bill Benton: 32 Years and Running . . . By Ron Marinucci p. 20

    Michiganians Represent U.S. in Jewish Olympic Games By Tracey Cohen p. 28

    Michigan Runner Race Series 2009 p. 28

    Running Off Key: The iPod Assault By Greg Janicki p. 30

    Echoes at Sunrise By Malcolm D. Gibson p. 33

    Notes on the Run: Hero By Daniel G. Kelsey p. 34

    Strides is MuchMore than Just a Run By Gale Fisher p. 34

    Sidelined with Hip Bursitis By Michael Heberling p. 36

    GLSP Television Network 2009 Events p. 37

    Best Shoes for $80 or less By Cregg Weinmann p. 38

    Running with Tom Henderson p. 61

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    Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5KCapped at 1,5000 By Tracey Cohen p. 6

    Irish Run Streets in Kayners/ St. Patricks Races By Katie Kelly-Noble p. 10

    Corktown Uncorks Record Crowds By Charles Douglas McEwen p. 11

    Antarctica: A Special Marathon By Gary Morgan p. 22

    Korir, Joyce Sparkle in Meteor 10K By Charles Douglas McEwen p. 24

    Martian Runs Draw from Hong Kong, Alberta and Beyond By Charles Douglas McEwen p. 25

    Town Crier Sunshine Brings Laughter, Joy By Scott Sullivan p. 26

    MichigandersWin Arnold Pump &Run Photos by Fairfield Photography p. 32

    Bill RoneyMemorial Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios p. 32

    Katie McGregor, Carlsbad 5000 Photo by Victah Sailer / photorun.net p. 32

    Ariel Roberts, Nike Indoor Nationals Photo by Victah Sailer / photorun.net p. 35

    Detroit Track & Field Classic Photo by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios p. 35

    Simmons / Harvey Invitational Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios p. 35

  • 4 Michigan Runner - May / June 2009

    By Scott Sullivan

    Legend holds that Phidippides, armedwith news of Athenian victory over thePersians, ran 26 miles from the battle-field of Marathon to Athens, cried, Rejoice,we conquer! and on cue died.

    Who can be surprised that doingmarathons would become a fad two-plus mil-lennia later? I say doing instead of run-ning because marathoners ranks areswollen by those who walk parts or all oftodays 26.2-mile distance.

    Purists -- including me in my youngeryears, when racing did not mean strollingwhile talking on cell phones and eatingdonuts -- complain going less than all-outcheapens the accomplishment. Others believethat, in the Greek spirit of democracy, itopens doors to a milestone achievement andfitness benefits for everyone.

    The fact is, entrance fees from the multi-tudes who do marathons make it possibleto pay winners -- who train and sacrifice farmore to run them fast -- handsome prizes.Getting people off couches to walk or jogtowards a goal makes the sum of us healthierand more appreciative of elites.

    I spoke years ago with a friend who,

    Marathon Man

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    after finishing a marathon in four-plus hours,met many-time Boston Marathon champ BillRodgers, who had won that days race in halfthe time. My friend was awestruck -- and sowas Rodgers. I could never keep running forfour hours! he exclaimed.

    The only thing dumber than running amarathon is running two of them was myopinion, based on experience, for years. As ahardcore runner in my mid-40s, I ran my first26.2-miler in a fast enough time to qualifyfor Boston.

    Boston was the experience of a lifetime. Ialso bungled it, training the winter before onmild hills around my neighborhood. TheBeantown course, with its hard streets andsteep early downhills, trashed my quadriceps.By the time I reached Heartbreak Hill ataround 20 miles, my legs had no shockabsorption left. I was forced to walk/jog infront of thousands of cheering spectators, farfrom the finish that I had fantasized. Onlymy legs screamed louder.

    If I talk about running anothermarathon, remind me of this, I told my wifeafterward. Not to worry.

    I have since covered many marathons asa journalist, re-experiencing through thou-sands of friends its pain, strain and revela-tion. Im still content to run shorter distances.

    I still go hard these days, just not fast. Atage 54 its not in my mind or legs any longer.Other follies, such as parenthood and writ-ing, are as maddening and rewarding.

    Running teaches me that striving meansyou never lack opportunities to be humbled.What we conquer is something imaginary:limits.

    In that, our rejoicing goes on and on. MR

  • 6 Michigan Runner - May / June 2009

    Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5K Capped at 1,500

    By Tracey Cohen

    ANN ARBOR (3/16/09) Two is betterthan four. Such was runners consensusregarding loops on a new course at the 10thannual Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5K, afundraiser for Save A Heart.

    Last years four-loop course, flooded withmore than 1,100 participants, was a test inpersistence and performance. This yearsentries appreciated the much-improved fieldspread and traffic flow over the double-looproute.

    University of Michigan seniors LauraNewcomb and Caitlin Brody enjoyed the mixof hills and flats as well as the scenery foundon Main Street. They also loved the free Irishpint glasses handed out to the first 1,000 fin-ishers.

    With spring-like temperatures makingtheir already-quality race even more attrac-tive, organizers were obligated to limit thefield to 1,500 due to road constraints ofdowntown Ann Arbor.

    The fun and good cheer were uncapped,however. A sea of green streamed through thestreets as many competitors donned theirbrightest and silliest garb in the spirit of St.Patricks Day.

    Rache Ingle of Northville, flamboyant inbright-green knee socks and tutu, explainedthat on spotting the items in a store, sheknew that she must buy them for this race.

    Ian Forsyth, more serious, was all busi-ness from start to end as he dominated thefield in the winning time of 15:22. JenniferGunderson led the women in 18:32.

    Dave Furey and Rebecca Price paced themasters in 16:55 and 20:00 respectively.

    At the opposite end of the age spectrumwere wee ones races. Peyton McCaslin, 4, ranthe Kids Dash and loved it especially theice-cream at the end! Big sister Jordyn ran theKids Kilometer and tired a bit on the last hill,but still plans to run it next year. In addition toyummy treats, every child received a medalupon completion of their chase.

    Organizers, delighted with the continualgrowth of the race and dollars earned to ben-efit the U-M Congenital Heart Center at C.S.Mott Childrens Hospital, say wheels arealready in motion to accommodate more par-ticipants and further improve the course.

    For complete results and to learn moreabout Save A Heart at C.S. Mott ChildrensHospital, visit www.umsaveaheart.org. MR

    1,500 runners took advantage of spring-like temperatures for the 10th annual Shamrocks and Shenanigansrace in Ann Arbor.

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    Irish Run Streets in Kayners/St. Patricks Races

    By Katie Kelly-Noble

    BAY CITY (3/22/09) The road, as the Irishblessing says, rose up to meet more than3,000 runners and walkers at the 36th annu-al Al Kayners/St. Patricks Day Road Races.The wind, however, was definitely not attheir backs.

    Although breezes blasted in all direc-tions, participants didnt let it dampen theirfestive spirits. From full green outfits to sillyhats to all-over body paint, they celebratedthe Irish way.

    Top finishers rose from the green sea toclaim fast times in the frosty weather.Former Saginaw Valley State University run-ner Nick Krus, 23, of Memphis won theoverall mens 5K with a time of 15:23. It

    was Krus fourth-straight Kayner title, a firstin race history.

    I was concerned with my fitness, but Iam happy with my time, Krus said. Quickon his heels was Patrick Hogan, 21, ofHolland, placing second in 15:30.

    The womens 5K race was dominated byAbigail Nelkie, 26, of West Branch. Nelkiefinished in 18:29, ahead of RachelTrombley, 21, of Reese, second in 19:55.

    Not rattled by the wind, Nelkie exceed-ed her goal of running sub-19 minutes towin here for the second-straight year.

    Nick Stanko, 28, of Ann Arbor won themens 8K in 24:41. The race was his firstthis season.

    Its nice to finally be able to run fastafter that long winter, Stanko said. I knew

    it was part of the Michigan Runner RaceSeries and I was hoping there would besome good competition.

    It was really windy, so the grouptucked in and it was slow in the beginning,he went on. At about three miles, the pacestarted picking up.

    Katie Singer, 28, of Detroit won thewomens 8K in 32:05.

    It wasnt long before the top walkersfinished the 5K course. Corey Peyerk, 25, ofMarysville (26:50) edged masters winnerJohnny Olsey, second overall in 27:01.Debbie Topham, 56, of Mayville won firstplace in the womens