August 12, 2000
PENGUINS GO TO HELL
Penguins and a lot of other runners are on the road to hell!
This weekend that road goes straight to Hell, Michigan, about 40
miles west of Detroit. The 5K and 10K races through Hell on Saturday
August 12 attract over 1,000 people from this country and many others.
Apparently, Hell isnt much, containing little more than a
convenience store with a post office and a bar called the Dam Site
Inn. The town has a handful of residents, but is incorporated and
has a weather station so that every winter it can announce that
Hell is frozen over. The race is on hilly dirt roads, the devil
is always present outside the bar, and it is generally very hot.
People dont seem to care--they just want the race shirt, which
proclaims "I RAN THRU HELL" across the back.
NEXT STOP--A LITTLE CLOSER TO HEAVEN....
If Hell doesnt work for you, how about joining Penguins
who are doing the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon on August
19-20? John and Karen Bingham will be among those doing the Ascent
(13.1 miles up only) on Saturday, then will hang out on Sunday to
cheer the marathoners (26.2 miles up, then down the Peak). The race
starts at about 6,000 feet elevation and climbs to over 14,000 feet.
THE JULY CHALLENGE
In their auspicious run across the country, penguins logged
enough miles to get from coast to coast and back. Starting at the
Golden Gate Bridge, we had run cross country to the Statue of Liberty
by midmonth. The Running Reverend announced wed made it to
within 40 miles of the Golden Gate Bridge. You could hear the disappointed
sigh. But then a few late reporters took us all the way back to
CHICAGO PENGUIN FLIGHT SCHOOL...
Flight School is coming up August 25-27 in Schaumburg, Illinois,
a Chicago suburb. It will be held at the Hampton Inn on Higgins
Road, near Woodfield Mal and Busse Woodsl. Any PFS alumni and Chicago-area
penguins are welcome to join us for our group run on Sunday morning!
WISDOM FROM THE GREATS
Always looking for kernels of athletic wisdom, I picked up Yogi
Berras The Yogi Book. What does it have to do with
running? Maybe not much, maybe a lot. Some of Yogis famous
quotes that could translate to running and life:
- "90% of the game is half mental."
- "Slump? I aint in no slump
I just aint
- "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
- "We were overwhelming underdogs."
THE PENGUIN'S APPEARANCES....
Johns in Chicago for the Elvis Is Alive 5K on Saturday night,
August 12. Therell be a lot of shake, rattle and rolling
Then on to Colorado Springs for the Pikes Peak Ascent and
Marathon, August 19-20. On Friday night John speaks at the Pasta
Dinner. Saturday well try to get a little closer to heaven
as we attempt the Ascent.
Hell be back in Chicago August 25-27 for Penguin
ORDERING PENGUIN GOODIES....
Order Penguin apparel and the Penguin trademark pink hats from
Ann, at RF Artists, by calling her toll-free at 888-682-9482. Or,
by going directly to: http://www.WaddleOn.com/store/goodies.shtml
That's all for now, folks. Be careful out there!