RIP Don Cornelius. Read in this morning’s paper that he has died at the age of 70, sadly of suicide. Soul Train was my favorite TV hour of the weekend back in the 70’s and there’s no doubting that’s where I got my groove. Don was described as a national treasure for his work in breaking down racial barriers, you have to remember that the show debuted only 6 years after LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. There was still a lot of intolerance in society. His easy going style, velvet voice and keen ear for soul and R&B hooked a generation on one of the great commonalities of humanity; music. The accompanying dancers also taught us Central Illinois farm boys how to gyrate, rotate, and circulate. It was my goal to one day appear as a dancer on Soul Train, to show my moves to the national audience. But I continue to get down, get down.
It has been a Crazy Week out at my dojo. Linda & I did our 19 X 1/4 yesterday out there, all between the start line and the 1 mile mark. As part of the USATF Certified measurement (NE07003KU) I marked off every quarter mile for just this type of training. The group of walkers saw us speeding by, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Some of them have seen us for years and understood what was shaking. Some others were merely shaking their heads, thinking We Must Be Crazy. But I continue to get down, get down.
We had a great RRM meeting last night. Most of the nearly 2 hour meeting was spent discussing the Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Run. Much Love to Steve Stender and Subway, our presenting sponsor. Each entrant will get a boxed lunch thanks to Subway. And to Cabela’s too. We will once again be giving out our signature cast iron awards for the overall and age group winners. And some nice door prizes too. And to the Upstream Brewing Company. You’ll get a couple of FREE beers to wash down your sandwich and chips, can you say “Pale Ale Please?”. And of course to Cass County Tourism, we couldn’t do it without your generous support! You can see the elevation chart of the 12K race below…. you can get up and get down, get up and get down.
The net elevation loss and gain really do make this the Toughest Trail Run in the Midwest. And to think that Ivan Marsh runs this route 300+ days a year, that’s just sick.