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August 12, 2000

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 isn’t 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 don’t seem to care--they just want the race shirt, which proclaims "I RAN THRU HELL" across the back.

If Hell doesn’t work for you, how about joining Penguins who are doing the Pike’s 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.

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 we’d 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 the Bridge.

Chicago Penguin 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!

Always looking for kernels of athletic wisdom, I picked up Yogi Berra’s The Yogi Book. What does it have to do with running? Maybe not much, maybe a lot. Some of Yogi’s famous quotes that could translate to running and life:

  • "90% of the game is half mental."
  • "Slump? I ain’t in no slump…I just ain’t hitting."
  • "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
  • "We were overwhelming underdogs."

John’s in Chicago for the Elvis Is Alive 5K on Saturday night, August 12.  There’ll be a lot of shake, rattle and rolling going on.

Then on to Colorado Springs for the Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon, August 19-20. On Friday night John speaks at the Pasta Dinner. Saturday we’ll try to get a little closer to heaven as we attempt the Ascent.

He’ll be back in Chicago August 25-27 for Penguin Flight School.

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:

That's all for now, folks.  Be careful out there!
Karen B


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