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50th Anniversary of Purgold Cross Country Meet

On Saturday, Oct. 2nd, I attended the 50th anniversary Cudahy Purgold Cross Country meet at Sheridan Park. The Cudahy team is now the Cudahy-St. Francis team. I remember running in Sheridan Park in the late 70's and early 80's when I was a High School Cross Country runner for the Whitnall Falcons. It was a cold day for a meet but at least the rain held out until after the meet was over.

What a great use of Sheridan Park! This meet could not have been safely held without our fantastic County Park system. This is just one more example of the importance of our parks. I hope everyone who had the opportunity to see this event appreciates the importance of our County Parks and the critical role they play in the lives of runners.

Briggs & Al's Run/Walk Oct. 9th

Once again it is time for Briggs & Al's Run and walk for Children's Hospital! This event is being held on Saturday, Oct. 9th. The run starts at 10:30 am on the Marquette University campus and ends at the Summerfest Grounds. The race is an 8k which is approx. 4.95 miles. ( Eight kilometers is 51 yards short of five miles.)

This is a major fundraiser for Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. There are usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 runners and walkers.

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Runners & Walkers Raise $1 Million for Hospital

On Saturday, Oct. 9th I completed Brigg's & Al's Run along with 15,500 other runners and walkers. It was a beautiful autumn day; sunny and in the 60's or low 70's. A perfect day for a run! This event raised over $1,000,000 for Children's Hospital. That is an amazing accomplishment.

Here are some photos from the Journal Sentinel's site: http://www.jsonline.com/multimedia/photos/104642519.html?index=1

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Sheridan Park Friends to Meet Sat Oct. 16th

The Sheridan Park Friends will plant daffodil bulbs in the ground around Sheridan Pavilion and possibly at the Patrick Cudahy statue. The group will meet on Saturday, Oct. 16th at 9 am at Sheridan Pavilion.

The public is welcome. Bring a trowel and kneeling pad if you have them. There will be a snack afterward for the volunteers.

What a great way to get involved! It is great to see people stepping up to the plate and going to bat for our priceless County Parks. Sheridan Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the entire County Park system. The County may be in financial crisis but we have dedicated people who are willing to spend their time and energy to preserve and maintain our priceless park.

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Indoor Running Season Off to a Start

Thursday, Oct. 21st was my first indoor run at the Pettit National Ice Center for the winter season. (Yes, I know it's not winter yet .) This is a 443 meter track that surrounds the two hockey rinks and the speed-skating rink. This is a great way to keep running during our long winter if you don't like running outside in cold weather and you get tired of always being on the treadmill. The Pettit is a great resource that many people in the metro area are not aware of. For more info on the Pettit go to:  http://www.thepettit.com/ .

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