On Saturday, July 23, 2011 my son completed the "Tough Mudder" run in Devil's Head Resort in Merrimac, WI. This athletic event is modeled after British Special Forces Training. The event includes a 10-mile run and 24 military-style obstacles. http://toughmudder.com/video/
This event is taking place today in Wisconsin ! More news to follow.
There is lots of sports news to report this week. First, my son and I ran in the Summerfest "Rock and Sole" Half-Marathon on Sunday, July 10th. The first 6 miles of this 13.1 miles race were on the Hoan Bridge. It was incredibly hot, humid and almost no breeze. At about 10:30 am the race officials "black-flagged" the race which means they stopped timing it in order to encourage people to walk. The times were, however, posted. My son finished in 1' 28". I finished in 2' 56" which is my slowest time ever in a half. That time reflects a large amount of walking. An unusually large number of runners did not finish. I enjoyed the race although it was potentially dangerous to run in this heat and a number of people were overwhelmed. There were lots of people walking who otherwise would have been running. The race also featured a 10k ( about 6.2 miles).
On Saturday, my son Chris and I ran in the Run/Walk for Project Concern in Sheridan Park. The event raised $1,800 ! Congratulations to the Cudahy High School students who planned, organized and hosted this run and walk. What a great class project! The students organized this event as part of their environmental science class.
On Sunday, May 15th, 2011, I ran in the 7th annual Block Melanoma 5k at the Milwaukee County Zoo. http://blockmelanoma.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=451613 The event raised more than $88,000 for the Anne's Hope foundation with the funds being used for Melanoma research. Anne's Hope foundation has given over $700,000 in research grants over the past seven years! Melanoma is the most serious of the three main types of skin cancer (Carcinoma, Sarcoma and the most serious: Melanoma).