National Cherry Festival/Fifth Third Bank Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K. March 16, 2019. Warehouse District, Traverse City, MI.

Over 900 runners, dogs and babies in strollers wore their green for the 9th annual National Cherry Festival/Fifth Third Bank Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K foot race March 16th starting at 9AM in Traverse City’s Warehouse District.  New this year, according to the race website, proceeds from the LL5K benefited the Munson Healthcare Foundation in support of their new Family Birth and Children’s Center that will serve all of Northern Michigan. After the run, runners were invited to a Post-Race Party at Workshop Brewing Company. Each racer received a commemorative t-shirt, tasty post-race snacks, accurate timing and results. Medals for top three finishers in each age group were awarded along with prizes for best Irish costume. A complimentary beverage was available with photo ID.  After the singing of the National Anthem, Todd McCall, representing local Hibernians, started the race. For a proper send-off, Todd wore colorful Irish garb and waved an Irish flag.

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Sponsored by Strava Training, Fifth Third Bank, and Planet Fitness, runners received samples of Cherry Bay Orchards Dried Cherries and GoGo Squeez flavored applesauce. GoGo Squeez was represented by Amy Fritz and her team of “Fantastic Squeezers” consisting of Shari Dragosh, Michelle Steel, Florian Dramaz, Tamela Knapp, Micheal Schaub, Lindsey Kotulski, and Michelle Allen. Race results can be found at this link; Race Results 5K .

Everyone in the race was a “winner” just by showing up and participating. Following are “winners” I had the privilege of talking to. For example, Carl Whittington, 37, of Traverse City, was a unique runner. When Carl pulled off his hat, he was bald, not because of natural hair loss, but because Carl took part in a gofundme in honor of his five year-old cousin, who had been diagnosed with cancer. Ryan Kwasniewski-Whittington also took part in the fund raiser. Together, they were instrumental in raising over $2,000! Today, they were celebrating the Irish! The link for you to use to assist them with their fundraiser is; https://www.gofundme.com/help-claire-fight-cancer. Bill Swift keeps amazing us. From Traverse City, at age 76, Bill was competing in his 1086 race. Congratulations, Bill. Scott and Keki Sheaffer, 48 & 47 and Jazy McFarland of Petoskey, run so they can drink beer and for the good vibes.

And now for the really fun part of writing these articles. I was privileged to interview the National Cherry Queen. Queen Grace Boyles, 21, is a junior at the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, GO BLUE!!! Grace was very gracious and wins the LL5K GO BLUE award. Grace is majoring in communication and sports broadcasting and hopes to enter the sports broadcasting field after graduation. Grace was accompanied by Queen’s committee member, Stacy Murray. In addition to representing the National Cherry Festival, Grace and Stacy ran the 5K race. They must have beaten me, because I did not see them during the race. Grace was accompanied by her dad, Pete. Pete is also a U of M graduate. The Boyles family bleeds Maize and Blue!!

The competition between Rhonda Workman and me continues. Rhonda, age 64, director of the scenic Mushroom Festival 5K, held near Mother’s day in Mesick, and veteran, (thank you for your service), beat me across the finish line. Today, Rhonda won. Tomorrow, who knows? Our finish was close. We may have run in the middle of the pack, but our competition is just as serious as the top finishers!! Bragging rights go to Rhonda. Kaitlyn Troutman, 33, from Traverse, runs for the enjoyment of being with friends, and to honor her dad who had a heart attack at age 50 along with a quadruple bypass. Wade Whittington, drove here all the way from Houghton Lake. Roads were so bad, Wade missed the race start, but he walked and enjoyed the race course. Rodger Wagner, 62, ran in his first 5K, Tricia Pleva, 45, lost 20 pounds, and was convinced to try running by friends (now she is sold on running). Duane Pleva and Jayne Wagner were their cheering section. All are from Kalkaska. Jeremy Engel, 44, of TC, was cured of high triglycerides and high cholesterol because his doctor told him he needed to exercise. His triglycerides were as high as 600. Now they have dropped to around 100. His cholesterol was 210 and the bad cholesterol was too high. Now that dangerous trend is reversed. Jeremy has a family history of high triglycerides. Jeremy’s advice to others? “Start slow and build up. You can do it!” David and Nikki Findley 37 & 36 from Kalkaska, had extra fun during the race as they each carried a bottle of brew. The Findley’s run to lift their mood. David ran in a daring kilt, bare legs and all. Their daughters, Paige and Lexi Kempistry, 18 & 13, ran in colorful green. Barb Olk, 60, of Okemos, runs to “keep the old lady out, to stay young forever”. I had the pleasure to run during the race with Barb. Barb was running with her sister, Cathie Harmann, 53, of Clarkson. Together they ran to honor their dad, a runner, who died at age 67 from cancer, “so his legacy lives forever in the running spirit”.  Pam Ryan, 53, of Webberville, suffered from pneumonia, influenza and bronchitis two years ago. Her lungs had filled with fluids. Pam’s doctor suggested she run to alleviate the congestion. Running worked! Pam is making a quilt from her many running shirts in memory of her brother-in-law who died of MS and her sister who passed from ALS. Mackenzie Grulke, 34, of Okemos, runs for his kids, to be around and to teach them good habits. His blood pressure has dropped and he has lost 30 pounds running. Richard Adams, 33, of Farmington Hills runs to stay in shape and to drink the free beer. Dave Matthews, 65, is from Gaylord. What can we say about Dave that has not already been said. After 20 marathons, 71 half marathons and enumerable shorter races, Dave is still looking good and feeling good. Dave attributes his good health to running and to eating 1 meal each day consisting of egg whites, fruits and veggies. Wow!

The race would not happen without the generous participation of volunteers such as Mark Ewing and the Boy Scouts of Troop 88 of Kingsley. Troop 88 boys were stationed throughout the course as marshals guiding us along the route. Kay Smith, worked packet pickup, handing out bibs and tee shirts. Michelle Mercer and Marylyn Vogel handed out food after the race. Denny and Jeri Braun passed out beer to runners. Denny is past president of the National Cherry Festival. We were pleased to chat with National Cherry Festival Executive Director, Kat Paye. Kat recently welcomed a son, with the middle name of Jeffery, an honor to the memory of Jeff Nash, former National Cherry Festival Director of the Wheelchair Races, and himself a quadriplegic. We will talk about the memory of Jeff when we write our Festival of Races article.

The National Cherry Festival, and race director Alexis Bremer, hope you will join in next year’s Fifth Third Bank Leapin’ Leprechaun race. Maybe you will participate on July 6 in the National Cherry Festival of Races? Remember to ask your doctor for permission to start an exercise program.

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an ordained rabbi, an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Grand Traverse Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Today, Mickey took first place his age group, 75-79. 

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Bigfoot 5K and 10K Snowshoe Race, Traverse City, Jan. 26, 2019

Race director, Jen Teeples, welcomed about 500 snowshoe enthusiasts to the annual Bigfoot 5K and 10K Snowshoe Race, on the beautiful course at Timber Ridge Campground, Traverse City, January 26, 2019. The website says the following; “Registration is around a roaring fire at the beautiful log lodge at Timber Ridge Resort. The pre-race mood is just fun. Usual crowd about 500 entered and 100 rent snowshoes, probably their first time on them, so no excuse, come join us. The learning curve is zero, strap em’ on and run. The course is a super hilly, off trail run, with plenty of logs to jump and branches to duck, like a leg of Dances with Dirt!”

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The course was in perfect condition, with about 10” of fresh snow, easily allowing faster snowshoers to carve a path around slower walkers in the 12” wide packed trail.  The race was timed very efficiently by Trevor Step of RF Timing. Results can be found on your smart phone or at the following link; Bigfoot Results, 2019 .

Sponsored by Running Fit Stores and Michigan Fitness Center, the race was also supported by Slabtown Burgers represented by all-star server, Jackson Pownell, age 11, who served that great vegetarian chili like a famous chef. Toni Dye and Jeff Pownell, brought 30 gallons of hot soup for hungry, cold finishers including white chicken Chili, and regular chili. Jake Dunn, general manager at Slabtown Burgers, was second only to Jackson in serving soup to famished finishers. At the opposite end of the spectrum, were Jeff and Joyce Jackson, of Happy Planet Running. Jeff and Joyce were in charge of recycling for the event. Not enough races encourage recycling. With the many pounds of “garbage”, cups, spoons, tissues, other compost, Jeff and Joyce will recycle 99% of waste from the Bigfoot. Learn more at www.happyplanetrunning.com.

Care to meet the “winner”? He was not the fastest today, but he was the biggest “winner” in the race we call “life”. Walt Pheeney, 76, from Farmington Hills, six years ago, contracted prostate cancer.  He has been cancer-free since receiving his treatment. Running and other exercise helps Walt keep his sanity and overall health. Breaking his leg last year did not help Walt’s time this year. But the leg break helped me to edge Walt over the finish line (all’s fair in love and war, Walt). Seriously, Walt deserves our congratulations for a remarkable recovery and for being today’s “winner”. Once again, we prove that runners in the middle of the pack can have just as much fun as those speedy guys.

Everyone in the race is a “winner”, just for being here and finishing the distance, but we will introduce you to some of them and learn why they exercise. Gail Bazzy, 62, from Northville, met many great people through running. Candice Moon Carlson, 58, of Flint, usually trains cross-fit. Constance Carleson, 30, of Flint, usually runs obstacle races. She has been exercising 20 years.  This was their first snowshoe race. Did I say Candice is the mom and Constance is the daughter and entry to the race and the trip to Traverse City were Constance’s birthday present? Kathleen Step, 62, from South Lyon, is RF Timing owner Randy Step’s mother. Kathleen won her age group in the 10K. Exercise provides Kathleen with an enhanced quality of life.

Kris Crimp, 51, and hubby, Tom, 52, from Rockford, run to relieve stress and to enhance their quality of life. Joined by Mark King, 42, of TC, who took second place in his age group, Mark runs for weight control and to enjoy another reason the being outdoors. Gavin Johnson, 51, of Brighton, a principal at Brighton High, relieves stress caused by a “high-stress” job. Tammy Ferguson, age 46, is a teacher who runs for health and fitness and to relieve stress. Today Tammy took a second place in her age group. Andrew Madak, 65, is a DO and neighbor of my rabbi, Arne Schultelberg, in Lake Orion. Doctors should know why we need to run. Andrew says “running enhances the physical, emotional and mental quality of life. He recommends exercise to his patients. Andrew follows what he preaches. He has completed 322 races. Andrew brought his son, Chris who ran like a “winner”. Andrew also ran with his therapy dog, who assists with Andrew’s patients. Ginger is a 10 year old golden Doodle, who ran the race-off leash with Andrew. Eve Schuyler, 50, runs for “mental strength”. Hubby, Bob Schuyler, 53, runs to clear his head. David DeVries, 56, of Grand Rapids, started running six years ago. He lost 50 pounds and was able to eliminate blood pressure medications. Is David my “big loser” of the race? Nicholas Erridge, 36, of Cedar Springs, runs because he likes the excitement of racing. He stayed one night in a local motel, proving the economic benefit of these races to the TC region.

Shannon Orlowski, 46, of Imlay City, has more endurance, strength and stamina. She has also experienced a 25 point drop in her cholesterol. Shannon was accompanied by hubby, Kevin, 50, and daughter, Emily, 18 and friend Austin Baldwin, 21. They helped our local economy be staying two nights in an Air BNB. Shannon is a hospice nurse who knows the benefits of exercise. Ginny Mikita, 54, is an attorney and chaplain and her friend Margret Hetherington, are from Rockford. Ginny specializes in support for folks, like me, who recently lost a beloved pet. She works as attorney with unaccompanied refugee children in foster care. Russell Searight, 63, is a professor of psychology at Lake Superior State University. Running reduces stress from a high-stress occupation and he dropped 30 points from his blood pressure. What more could anybody want? Mark DesRoberts, 51, from Grand Blanc, eliminated cholesterol medication and lost 40 pounds. Mark is a mental health professional, who understands the value of exercise to improve mental health. Mark’s wife, Heather, 45, wants to be a positive role model for her kids. Their friend, Allison Emmerling, 48, won her age group and runs for the social benefits. The group participated in the Ragnar Relay from Muskegon to TC, an important accomplishment.

This event could not have happened without the support of many volunteers who worked registration, course marshalling, set-up, and take-down. But special mention must be given to elite marathon runner, Dave Mathews, from Gaylord. Rather than participate in this race, Dave could be found helping in registration and Dave was the start and finish line announcer, giving us an enthusiastic send off and a terrific welcome at the finish line. Dave had to be cold because he was at one spot on the start/finish line, until the last finisher crossed the line. Thank you, Dave.

Race director, Jen Teeples, hopes you will be a part of the 500 or so participants at next year’s Bigfoot races. Remember to talk to your doctor if you start an exercise program.

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an ordained rabbi, an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Grand Traverse Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Today, Mickey took first place his age group, 75-79. 

Frozen Foot Race, Jan 19, 2019. Eastern Grade School, Traverse City, MI

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Race director, David Rosier, directing his first race, representing the Traverse City Track Club (TCTC), welcomed over 350 runners and walkers to the umpteenth annual Frozen Foot Race, Jan 19, 2019, at Eastern Grade School, Traverse City, MI. For a first year director, David conducted a fine event. All phases of the race seemed well thought-out. Registration was effective, the course was lovely as it meandered along East Bay, up Huron Hills, and through neighborhoods. Yes, it was cold, about 10 degrees, but hey, this is the Frozen Foot Race, and the name fulfilled the billing. But once they began moving, participants quickly warmed-up.

 

The website tells the tale: “The January event has been one of Northern Michigan’s staple running events since the late 1980’s.  Held primarily in the Huron Hills area of Traverse City and along East Bay, the event is an annual favorite of the area’s year-round running community.  In addition, 2019 members of the Traverse City Track Club can participate in the event FREE of charge. 5 mile race participants will receive a Frozen Foot themed coffee mug. The 5 mile footrace began at 9:30 and started and finished at Eastern Elementary School in Traverse City. Just prior to the 5 mile event, a 1 mile fun run (not timed) for runners 12 and under started. Awards were presented to the overall male and female runners in open and masters (50+) categories. Awards were also given to the top 3 in 15 age-group divisions including age 75 – 150. I was fortunate enough to win the oldest male group beating several 130 year olds. (Kidding). But, I really did win the group. And unlike most other races, we “oldies” received our awards BEFORE others, when the crowd was still present, to give us our measure of applause. Too often, we receive our “oldie” awards to an empty hall. Everyone else has left. Packet Pick Up was at Running Fit – on Friday, and on race day at Eastern Elementary.” All results can be found at this link; Frozen Foot Race 2019

Races could not exist without sponsors. Running Fit, was the presenting sponsor. Also sponsored by TCTC and Michigan Fitness Foundation. Amy Fritz, representing Gogo Squeeze Fruit Products passed out delicious samples. Kelly McDonough, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Dynamic Physical Therapy, passed out premiums including pens and a nice insulated bag.

We were honored by the presence of a USA Olympian, Carrie Tollefson and her husband, Charlie Peterson.  It’s not every day we get to run with an Olympian. It was an honor and Carrie was very gracious, taking photos with everyone who asked for a photo. Carrie presented the many race awards.

Before I tell you about Carrie and Charlie’s inspirational story, I’d like you to meet my “winner” of the race. As author of this article, I get to pick my own “winner”. She was not the fastest runner, but she is the one of the most inspirational.  Dr. Christine Keefe, 38, of Traverse City, Doctor of Cognitive Ecology, suffered a serious accident eight years ago, while teaching a course in Nebraska. Christine suffered a total obliteration of her knee. Most of the muscles and cartilage in her leg were destroyed, leaving her right side from her hips to her toes completely paralyzed. Prior to the accident, Christine competed in roller derby and was a competitive ball room dancer. Because of the accident, her total body shifted to one side. Eight years later, Christine is competing in running races, albeit with remaining difficulty, and is still receiving therapy. She is getting close to resuming her normal functions. She wants everyone to know “it was a lonely road”. Christine is eager to talk to anyone going through similar issues. Contact her through the author. Today, Christine is a “winner” we are proud of. Christine, you are a true inspiration. Keep on running.

Rhonda Harasewicz, 51, of Boyne City, is my “big loser” of the race. Rhonda lost 60#, dropped her resting heart rate to 50, and lowered her cholesterol. Starting three years ago, Rhonda is doing everything she can to avoid family genetics tending toward diabetes on both sides of her family. Ty Schmidt was one of the fastest runners of the day, being 9th overall. Ty says “once in a while he gets off his bike and runs”. Ty is the Executive Director of Norte’ Bike Club. Ty had been a physical therapist at Munson Hospital before becoming head of Norte’. I am running today, because of the care I received from Ty and others after a stroke several years ago. Ty taught me balance exercises so I could work on one of the residuals from my stroke. Five years later, I continue to practice Ty’s exercises every day while training. Thank you, Ty. Bill Gittlen, retired emergency room physician, ran the race. You do not have to tell Bill the benefits of running. He saw the problems caused by a sedentary life style every day in his medical practice. Bill, Jeff Gaff and I posed for a special photo after the race which you will see in the blog article photo section. Rich Morey, 65, John McCormick, 61, of Frankfort, ran the race. Terri Hillier, 59, stopped smoking and runs to delay disease. Her husband, Homer, 61, also stopped smoking. Homer runs as a method to control his asthma. Tim Manzer, our “miracle” runner, after he survived a head-on motorcycle accident, dealt with another personal tragedy. We’re glad you came, Tim. Tony Anderson, 56, ran the race pain free after receiving a new hip. Since the hip replacement, Tony has completed another nine marathons as he continues to raise funds for Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Find out more at Tony’s website, www.marathon4kids . Robert Britton, 63, is a true hero of the race. Robert suffered a recent stroke and lost his ability to speak. Since receiving speech therapy, Robert has regained his speech and suffers no other stroke residuals. David Ford, 56, lost 50 pounds since 2001 when he started running. All of David’s blood measurements and pulse are “great”, says his doctor. Dave Maddox, 65, of Gaylord, has finished innumerable marathons, lost weight, and stopped smoking and drugging. His friend, Sherri Hoffman, 41, of Petoskey, lost 35 pounds. Travis Zajkowski, 32 of Gaylord, is running from genetic issues. Travis’ dad had two strokes and died at age 56. Alan Heidt, is a respirational therapist at Munson Hospital, and wins the GO BLUE award for the biggest UM fan at the race,,,,,, after me,,,,, kidding. Alan knows, professionally, the value of good exercise.

Now we learn a bit about our own Olympian, Carrie Tollefson, 42, and her husband Charlie Peterson, 44, from St Paul, MN. Carrie and Charlie, left their four kids in St Paul to be here with the TCTC for the race and for other activities. Most reporters write about Carrie and her amazing running background including her participation in the Olympics as part of the USA team. They write about how gracious Carrie is posing for photos and handing out many awards. I would rather write about an important issue encouraging Carrie and Charlie to run. Both Carrie and Charlie have similar genetic histories. Carrie has a family history of cancer and diabetes. Carrie’s family has a sad history of gall bladder problems and lip cancer. Charlie has a family history of breast cancer, in the mid-age 50s, heart disease in the age mid-sixties. Charlie has been running most of his life. Charile and Carrie expect to be around to see their four kids grow-up and to enjoy their grandkids. Family history is not the only reason, but genes might be one reason these two terrific runners are still running. In addition to enjoying running, they also will enjoy living a long and healthy life. Thank you, Carrie and Charlie for joining us today. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.

The race could not have existed without volunteers throughout the race. From course marshals to registration, to set-up, to take-down, volunteers were critical. Goo-Jiian Swartz, of the Traverse City Central Cross Country Team was a course marshal. Luke Venhuizen, was one of many Central High School track team members, who helped marshal the course. His mom, Shelia, made delicious hot chocolate for all finishers to enjoy.

Race director, David Rosier, invites you to participate in next year’s Frozen Foot Race. You will enjoy the event and you will gain from the benefits of running. Remember to ask your doctor before you start an exercise program.

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an ordained rabbi, an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Grand Traverse Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Today, Mickey took first place his age group, 75-120. 

Steve London: A True Inspiration

Steve London, my fraternity brother from University of Michigan, my brother at Phi Epsilon Pi – ZBT fraternity, is a true inspiration. In addition to being a graduate of U of M, Steve, has a PhD in mathematics, is a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown, a father, a husband, a published author and a survivor of serious pancreatic cancer, and a herniated incision from the first surgery. Steve places much of the credit for a remarkable recovery to his aggressive exercise program.

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Steve says; “After my first surgery I lost about 20 pounds and my weight seems to have stabilized around 140. I’m kind of skinny but, after getting back in shape, at least I don’t look like the 90 pound weakling. I do my usual stuff: gym work, cycling and swimming, although when it got cold (by my standards, not yours), I stopped swimming for a while and did more gym work (rowing machine, elliptical, weight machines). I also do sit ups every morning along with 30 push-ups. I did have abdominal hernia surgery in July, 2017 (the original surgical incision herniated), so I basically had to get back in shape all over again. I get a CT scan every six months; the last one in October was free of cancer.”

Talk about your exercise regimen; ”My exercise regimen (I’m pretty neurotic about sticking to the routine, but once in a while, like recently, work and personal issues take me off schedule):  About 4 (and rarely lately 5) times a week, I do a mixture of gym work, cycling and swimming: Gym work: two out of the following 3, for 20 minutes each: Elliptical,  Stationary cycle, Rowing machine, weight machines: 2 out of  the 4 each time: biceps, triceps, lats and pecs.    Cycling: about 20 miles each time, along a bike path, swimming: 1250 yards freestyle. (My cycling and swimming are not at world class speeds).  Morning routine: 2 sets of sit-ups (crunches) at a dozen apiece, followed by the 30 push-ups.

Did you exercise before the cancer? Yes, I did basically the same routine.

I assume you take some Rx. Have your medications been lowered due to your basic healthy lifestyle? Not really. I had blood pressure and cholesterol issues before the cancer, and still take medication for them. I also have to take a pancreatic enzyme to supplement the loss of part of my pancreas.

What over-the-counter supplements do you take? I take one vitamin d pill in the morning and one at night.

Bloods; What level was your blood pressure? What is current blood pressure?  “Hard to say because I haven’t checked regularly for a while, but with medication, probably on average 135/80, but it varies a lot, depending on the time of day. As I noted, this was an issue before the cancer. Cholesterol seems under control with medication (Simvastatin). Blood sugar is fine. I take 5MG statin daily.”

Remind me of your vocation? “Professor of Mathematics at the University of Houston-Downtown, a free standing University which is part of the University of Houston system. It emphasizes undergraduate education but has a few graduate programs.​  While teaching is the big emphasis, I conduct research in the area of geophysical fluid dynamics, mostly concerned with some wave propagation problems in the magnetic fields of the Earth and planets.  (see my most recent publication: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03091929.2018.1541987)

Tell about your wife; ”Wife Karen; married for 48 years.  Karen is a retired elementary school teacher who taught for many years in the Houston Independent  School as well as in the Madison, Wisconson public schools”

Please explain your article in 6th grade English! “I study the equations that govern a thin layer of the sun (the solar tachocline). This layer is thought to play an important role in the behavior of the sun’s magnetic field. I have been studying the behavior of certain kinds of waves in the tachocline and these waves may play an important role in solar phenomena, in particular, the behavior of the sunspot cycle. In this particular paper, I was looking to extend the work of previous authors to a more complicated form of the same governing equations. These same equations may also describe some important behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field.” Author’s Note; This is 6th grade English?

Steve London, fraternity brother, college professor, father, husband and inspiration. Steve survived a deadly scare and is thriving. Congratulations to Steve. We all know someone who experienced cancer. Steve is an inspiration to us all.  Would you like to contact Steve about your own issues? Let me know.

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands.

FROZEN RABBIT 5K, JAN. 1, NORTE’ CLUBHOUSE, CIVIC CENTER, TRAVERSE CITY

Race director, Jen Teeples, welcomed about 125 runners to the New Year’s Day Frozen Rabbit 5K, Run/Walk held at the Norte’ Clubhouse at the Civic Center, Traverse City. The Frozen Rabbit 5K was a last minute substitute for the popular Resolution Run 5K, which was cancelled. Jen was pleased so many runners and walkers participated. The Frozen Rabbit 5K was held as a fundraiser for Norte. Over $500 was raised to further the programs of Norte’. Ty Schmidt, Executive Director of Norte’, participated in the run and explained how the Traverse City Track Club obtained a grant to cover Norte’ programs and the cost of conducting the event.

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No run could exist without volunteers. Paul Deyo helped with registration. Biz Ruskowski helped wherever needed especially with helping organize the race start. Ben Boyce, is Norte’ Program director and nearly was the fastest runner. He helps coordinate Norte’s youth programs, Estrallas (Spanish), The Bike Mas Project, Summer Bike Camp, the Youth Mountain Bike Team and the Amigos. For more information, visit the Norte’ Website at https://elgruponorte.org/ . Learn how you can volunteer or donate much needed funds.

As runners turned around at the halfway point of the course at the Running Fit Store, we were handed a tongue depressor some of which were marked with a prize donated by Running Fit. I did not win a prize, but an accompanying photos shows my tongue depressor.

Let’s meet some amazing participants. We’ll learn why they run/walk and the benefits of exercise. For example, Rhonda Workman, 63, fought a recent bout of stomach flu, but showed up and participated. Rhonda is director of the Mesick Mushroom Festival 5K, lovely a deeply wooded, spring race held on the beautiful backwaters of the Hodenpyle Dam. Rhonda is a veteran, (thank you for your service), and hopes you will join her for the next Mushroom Festival 5K. Maybe you will win one of her colorful medals or one of the many raffle prizes. Rhonda always awards many valuable raffle prizes donated by businesses in the Mesick area. Dodie Portney, 49, and Michelle Foster, 40, are from Benzonia. Dodie and Michelle are training for the Disney 10K race. Dodie is a Boy Scout unit service executive and directs her own wellness ministry as needed, and she conducts a women’s retreat. Michelle has an Eagle Scout son. (Both of my sons are Eagle Scouts.) Jordan, 31, and Lizzy, 32, Durga. Of Manton, came to support Norte’. Starting in 2018, the Durga’s committed to run a 5K every month. Lizzy lost weight and is more active outdoors because of her exercise program. She is a manager of Benefit Twice, an outlet store in Cadillac, donating 51% of profit to various charities.

Barry Mahn, 35, came all the way from San Diego, California. Barry proudly sported a San Diego, Rock and Roll Marathon jacket. After running his second Rock and Roll Marathon, Barry plans to enter an ultra-marathon. Barry finds running provides him with an opportunity to meditate. We all need more meditation. Mike Hintz, 52, from Traverse City, ran a 3:15 at the last Bayshore Marathon. His personal best is a 2:44! His doctor is aware of his long distance running and says running is good for Mike and he should keep up the effort. Shari Hintz, 49, Mike’s wife, and friend Margret Szajner, 44, are walking the race. Margret started walking in October and already lost 23 pounds. Shari proudly wore a set of Yak Tracks, won at a Munson Hospital running event where she is employed. Johanna Schmidt, Ty’s wife, helped marshal the course and brought her amazing dog, a six year old Australian Sheppard, named Smidge. Smidge is amazing because she did not bark. Often, dogs brought to races become exited and bark at the runners. Smidge was a rescue dog, and at ten months of age, was nervous and barked like crazy. Johanna was warned by the rescue people to never take off Smidge’s leash. Johanna worked very hard with Smidge, bringing her to many crowded events and working on her nervous behavior. Watching calm Smidge now, you’d never know this had been a nervous dog.

Lastly, let’s meet the hero of the race. Zachary Workman, is Rhonda Workman’s son. (Read about Rhonda at the top of this article). Zachary was the fastest runner today. Normally, I do not write about the fastest runners. I write about runners who have changed their lives through running. However, Zachary deserves special mention, not because he was the fastest runner, not because he is on the varsity cross country team at Lake Superior State, but because Zachary is a graduating senior and because Zachary already has a job lined up. Zachary plans to become a beekeeper near Mesick. Zachary, congratulations on a well thought life plan. We wish many miles of happy running for you.

Race director, Jen Teeples, wishes you a Happy New Year, 2019. Jen hopes you will join her next New Year’s Day for the second edition of the Frozen Rabbit 5K Run. Remember to always ask your doctor before starting an exercise program.

 

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, a member of the Traverse City Track Club, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, Dec 16, 2018, Workshop Brewery, Warehouse District, Traverse City

Race director Theresa Larson welcomed over 500 runners, walkers and dogs to the annual giant fun run, The Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk. Times were available to finishers, along with a drawing for valuable prizes. Sponsored by The Traverse City Track Club (TCTC), Michigan Fitness Foundation and Grocers Daughter Chocolate, entry was free for TCTC members. Donations were encouraged for Meals-On-Wheels. David Hagen offered a donation box for the benefit of Meals-on-Wheels. Members of the High School track teams helped with registration and marshaling the course. Delicious, colorful cookies were available for finishers. Santa-clad runners, holiday lighted runners, elves and reindeer, made for a colorful and wonderful sight.

 

Let’s meet some “winners”. They may have not been the fastest runners, but they were “winners” in the race we call “life”. Karen Brown, 55, of Traverse City, walks for better health. Karen dropped four pant sizes, lost 20 pounds and improved her diet. She has worked-out at least three times each week for the last year to help control her rheumatoid arthritis. Angela Clem, Daughter of my brother, Tom’s good friend in high school, Gary Clem, lost 40 pounds and 3 dress sizes this last year. Angela attributes her exercise program to her excellent physical health. Jason Guello, 40, and Michelle Rieger, 48, discovered the Jingle Bell 5K on Facebook. Why is this discovery important? Because Jason and Michelle have arrived all the way from Cleveland, OH. Michelle lost 20 pounds running. They both agree running has given them the opportunity to meet new friends because they are part of a Cleveland area running club. They are examples of how the local economy is aided by running events. In addition to staying in a local Air-BNB, they ate in area restaurants, bought gas, shopped and are doing the Traverse City Ale Trail, a purchase at selected local breweries ending with a special prize. Jason and Michelle, welcome to Traverse City. We hope you will come back. Tony (dad) and Stacy (mom) Steeno, and children, Evan, age 9, Colin, age 6, Nicholas, age two, ran and walked with a well-used jogging stroller. The jogging stroller carried Nicholas, but has been used for nine years by the Steeno’s, carrying each child. Tony and Stacy have been running for over 20 years.

Jan Chapman, 70, from Traverse City, says exercise is fun and helps with her heart. Jan has been running over forty years. Linda Hoffmeister, 75, Jan’s big sister, was told to start exercising by her doctor. Linda is just getting started. She finds exercise a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Rhonda Workman, 63, from Mesick, was dressed in a special holiday outfit. She looked very Christmassy. Rhonda, a veteran (thank you for your service), is director of the beautiful Mesick Mushroom Festival 5K, a spring race held every year around Mother’s Day. The Mesick race occurs adjacent to the lovely Hodenpyle Dam backwaters and features wonderful wooded trails, unique medals and terrific raffle prizes. Terri Hillier, 59, of Traverse City, lost 25 pounds and has more energy than prior to exercising. Running also gives Terri the opportunity to be in the out-of-doors. Tim Manzer, 58, of TC, is recovering nicely from a recent surgery, a result of a head-on motorcycle accident which almost cost Tim his life and put him in the hospital for an extended stay. Tim’s friends, Tad Elliot, 58 and Todd Waara, 61, both experience better quality of life and better blood measurements. Todd had a hip replacement four years ago as a result of a motorcycle accident while a teenager. Besides running, he also plays hockey, all with his doctor’s knowledge. Jim Graham, 69, TCTC president, enjoyed the run. Jim, you’re getting better as you enter my age group, 70-120, in October. Dorothy Johnson, 74, came all the way from Indian River. Dorothy recovered from serious eye surgery. This is the 19th consecutive year Dorothy has run 1000 or more miles for a total of over 26,000 miles. Husband, John, 74, finds his arthritis hurts less when he runs. The Johnsons started the Indian River Strider Running Club. They are celebrating their 14th anniversary at this race.

Sherri Hoffman, 41, of Petoskey, recently ran her first marathon. She lost about 40 pounds, runs to get in shape and to stay active. Her friend, Dave Maddix, 65, from Gaylord, is my choice for ultimate “winner” of the race. Dave was not the fastest runner, but running has become a life changer for Dave. Dave has run 20 marathons and one ultra-marathon. Dave lost 100 pounds, stopped a serious drug habit, stopped smoking and stopped drinking. Dave, you are an inspiration. You are my “winner”. Dave ran the race carrying an American flag, and playing Beatles music on his cell phone. It was my pleasure to run with you, although you took off and beat me like a drum. Dave has a special tattoo on his arm counting every marathon he has run.

Race director, Theresa Larson, hopes you will consider joining the TCTC and participating in next year’s Jingle Bell Run. You will feel better for your effort. Remember, to ask your doctor before starting an exercise program.

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Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com

Turkey Trot, 5K & 5M, Nov 22, 2018, Traverse City

Race director, Amy Fritz, welcomed over ­­­­2600 runners, walkers, babies and dogs to the 11th annual Traverse City Turkey Trot 5K and 5Mile races starting and finishing at St. Francis School on 11th Street. It was a grand day for a stroll along Boardman Lake and the neighborhoods of Traverse City (TC).

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The website, Turkey Trot 2018 , says the following; The 11th Annual Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot has been a family favorite for the past eleven years. We start Thanksgiving day off right with two different race distances; a 5K and a 5 mile, to promote healthy lifestyles as well as give back to local charities. All runners receive a commemorative long-sleeved Turkey Trot t-shirt as well as a cooler lunch bag loaded with bottled water, coupons and SWAG worth well more than the price of entry! Invite the whole family to participate in this one-of-a-kind event starting at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, MI. The Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot has contributed more than $100,000 to many great local area causes over the past 11 years. This year’s race will benefit TART Trails Boardman Lake Loop Project and local youth teams/organizations in support of your community! Children under the age of 3 in a stroller are free. Dogs are also free! Medals were given to the overall male and female runners in each race, the top three age group finishers and the best costumes. Snacks were provided to the finishers.

The Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot was presented by 4Front Credit Union, the race was also sponsored by Pure Water Works, image 360, Blarney Oil, GoGo SqueeZ, Schmuckel Oil and IPR Radio. Proceeds went to improve the Tart Trail. Troy Daily, of TC, passed out samples of Strongbrew Cofee.

As article author, I am honored to be able to pick my own winner. She was not the fastest but without a doubt she was the most inspiring. And the “winner” is Pam Roach, 69, from Pentwater. Pam survived not one but two bouts with often fatal melanoma cancer. Pam is an inspiration to us all. I’ll let Pam tell you in her own words. What health benefits do you receive from walking? I walk 6 days a week and mentally I feel better and physically I just ‘have’ to walk (I’m blessed). When did you first acquire cancer? 1970. When was your second time to acquire cancer?  1999. What prognosis did the Doctor give you? 1970- Surgery and “go live your live”. 1999-stage lll metastatic melanoma-15% chance of surviving a year. Treatment methods?  1999 one year of interferon – brutal, but did it-plus 6 year clinical trial through Karmanos in Detroit (but treatment was in Grand Rapids). Message you would give to others? oh my gosh, my husband’s parents are all cancer SURVIVORS- please don’t ever give up.  Attitude-faith- of course medicine – are necessary.  Have you been in other 5Ks or other races?  Never- this was my first. You were telling me about painted rocks you place as a volunteer. Please explain? I started the Pentwater Rocks group on Facebook. It is part of an international group. Today at 9 am on the Today Show it’s explained. Rocks are painted and hidden for others to find. Others take a pic, post it and re-hide it. It’s all about joy and kindness. Making another person happy and it’s for all ages. Check out the page on Facebook. Other volunteer efforts?   _my husband and I for many, many years volunteered at the American Cancer Society in Grand Rapids. We ran the Relay For Life many years. We also ran a volunteer program at Cancer and Hematology- Grand Rapids largest cancer treatment center. Volunteers would visit with patients as they received chemo. I provide prayer shawls to patients- a nice warm blanket full of love, hope and prayers. I made over 2,000 and we handed out at least 3600. Last question, as a visitor to the TC area, you also represent the boost to our economy from area races. How many nights did you stay in or near TC and what other paying experiences did you incur, such as meals, gas, shopping, etc ?   We stayed 2 nights at the wonderful Cambria- where we stay each time. Shopping, TJmaxx, Target, Kohl’s, BIGGBY, McDonald’s, North Peak, this morning the Green Cafe. Pam Roach, you are a winner in this race we call life. Congratulations. Pam, you are representative of the reason these races are so important to many folks.

Let’s meet more “winners”. Reverend Tim Manzer, 59, of TC, is lucky to be alive and participating in another Turkey Trot. Tim survived a near fatal head-on motorcycle accident several years ago. After weeks in the hospital, Tim was released and started a program of good health. Tim, a well-known area runner, recently required hand surgery to correct a compound fracture suffered in the motorcycle accident. The result of the hand surgery is less pain as Tim continues his remarkable recovery. Tim recently returned to TC after spending several weeks on a mission in Guatemala. This is Tim’s first race since July. Tony Anderson, 56, from Buckley, and managing director of Cherryland Electric, runs marathons in various states to raise funds for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. To date, Tony has completed 43 marathons in 43 states. #44 will be in Jackson, MS. You can learn about Tony and participate in his good works at www.marathon4kids.com . Oh, by the way, Tony is running his races on a new hip. Tony says “the hip feels fine”. Remarkable!!

Jan Altizer, 57, of TC is my big loser of the 2018 Turkey Trot, Jan lost 60#, her blood pressure dropped from 185/120 to 126/60 and her pulse dropped from 185 to 60! Jan, is a long term care nurse, who smoked 40 years ago. She recommends exercise to her patients. Jan also whipped my butt, passing me in the Kalkaska 10K. Way to go, Jan. Lettie Sternicki, turned 50, today. She wore a happy 50th birthday sash and pin. Lettie is from Commerce Township, and runs for stress release. She has the right to plenty of stress from her job. Lettie is a second grade teacher. Fred Swaffer, 56, of TC, runs to stay in shape for his main sport, biking. Kayla Kroning, 22, is a grad student in the PHD program at UM and plans a future of working in academia. GO BLUE! Kayla’s dad lives in TC. Alan Heidt, 62, bleeds Maize and Blue. He is a respiratory Therapist at Munson Hospital, and recommends exercise to his clients. Alan’s daughter is Lydia Bedford, 31, from Grand Rapids. Lydia is an insurance adjuster, and is a “crazy” UM fan. Lydia’s two year old daughter chants “Hail to the Victors” and yells “GO BLUE”. Two years old???? Ed Roy, 59, from TC, is a prominent attorney and Eagle Scout (like my sons). Ed runs periodically to stay in shape for hunting. Dick Napperella, 73, of TC, normally beats me like a drum. Today, Dick is recovering from a torn meniscus which slowed him down, allowing me a unique experience of “whipping his butt”. In the past, Dick suffered from high cholesterol. His 225 cholesterol has dropped to 143! Dick was accompanied by his son and grandson. who slowed down to have the privilege to run with their dad and granddad. Troy, 44, and Kyle, 15, represented three generations of Napperellas. Anne Steye, 72, Dan, 68, Stas, 37, and Finley, 9, all of TC enjoy the “runner’s high” they receive from running. Jennifer Simons, 37, of TC, is another special “winner”. Jennifer lost 60# and wanted to be a good example to her daughters, Fiona, originally from Kenya, 18, Lucy, 6, and Violet, 4. The Turkey Trot is Jennifer’s first 5K. Lori Fasi, 56, of TC, runs for motivation as does Peggy Ferrill, 64. Rick Ward, 65, my neighbor in Woodcreek subdivision, loves running because he runs as a family activity along with his wife, Sue, 61, Son-in-law, Tom Owen, 46, and daughter, Shannon, 39.  Volunteers were critical to the success of the race such as Mark Vanderklipp, who was course marshal. Mark is also on the Traverse City Track Club racing team and a UM fan. GO BLUE!!! Chris Wendel is in charge of processing awards and medals. Chris has been volunteering for the Turkey for 5 years. Prior to his participation in the race, there were no awards. Chris is an accomplished runner. A track Club member, Chris has trained over 600 miles this year. Chris has completed over 200 races mostly 5Ks and completed one marathon.

Race director, Amy Fritz, encourages you to enter next year’s Turkey Trot and the Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer. She also wants to thank all of the volunteers that make this event possible! You will feel good for the experience. Remember to ask your doctor before starting an exercise program.  

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Today, Mickey took fourth place his age group, 70-120. 

Vasa Run, 5K, 10k, 25K. Vasa Trailhead, Acme, MI. Nov 10, 2018

Race director, Jen Teeples, welcomed 207 hearty runners and walkers to the venerable Vasa 5K, 10K and 25K Run at the Vasa Trailhead in Acme, Michigan, on November 10th, 2018. How many Vasa runs have been held? One of the runners recalled my participation nine years ago. Maybe the race has been around 30 years? Results were organized by RF Timing and were available on line. Results can be found at Vasa Run results 2018   .  Glad to see Trevor was no longer wearing a walking boot as a result of a soccer accident.

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The Vasa Run website says the following; The Vasa Run is a fun, scenic November run to keep you motivated through the fall months! RF Events presents Run Vasa! A beautiful 5K, 10K and 25K run through the Vasa Head Trail in Northern Michigan. If it snows, not to worry, it keeps the wimps at home! Bring it on!

Vasa is a nice wide, beautiful trail with all the beauty northern Michigan has to offer. Soon to be your favorite trail to run! Michigan’s premier cross-country trail through the pristine serenity of the Pere’ Marquette State Forest of Northern Michigan. Maintained by dedicated volunteers and supported by public donations, the Vasa Pathway is operated by the Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and preserving non-motorized trails in the Grand Traverse region. For more information on the Vasa Pathway and Tart Trails go to www.traversetrails.org . Named after King Gustav Vasa, a monarch in Sweden several centuries ago, the Vasa Pathway is also host to three of the Midwest’s most popular ski events. A portion of the entry went to maintain the Vasa Pathway, but feel free to drop a couple of bucks in the trailhead donation box! Prizes were awarded to the top male and female finishers and top three male and female finishers in each age group. Tee shirts were optional.

Today, there were 207 “winners” in the Vasa Race. Runners and walkers experienced better physical and mental health by participation. Many others stayed at home, sat on their couch and watched TV. These couch potatoes are not “winners” as you will learn from meeting some of our racers.

One special “winner” is Keith Conway, 49, of Traverse City. Why is Keith a “winner”? Let Keith tell us as follows; “I run for the love of good exercise. I used to weigh 300 Pounds. Now I weigh 175 pounds. I keep the weight off with an active diet and exercise.” Keith has not checked his blood, but he knows his blood pressure is lower, his pulse is lower, and his cholesterol is better. Keith, you are an inspiration to us all. You are a real “winner”. You are remarkable!

Another special “winner” did not compete in the race. Angel Voltikos, walks most days for exercise and enters many races. She is a member of the PHRC Running Club. What is inspirational about Angel, is that she runs/walks on a prosthesis leg. Angel, 45, from Westhaven, is a twenty year amputee who used to be active in sports. Now she says she walks 5Ks for exercise. Angel showed me her beautiful new prosthesis. She is still getting used to the new leg. At this time, the leg is somewhat uncomfortable while Angel is getting used to the leg. Angel and her friend, Jennifer West, from Woodhaven, volunteered at today’s Vasa, in registration and handing out post-race snacks.

Dr. Craig Denholm, 64, from Kalkaska, is a third “winner”. Dr. Denholm runs to relieve stress largely caused by the loss of two sons. The first son had a rare, serious disease. The second son died from cancer. Craig does not show cancer anywhere else in his family. This is Craig’s third Vasa Run. Craig’s resting pulse is a remarkable 50 counts. OK, what was really remarkable about Craig were his U of M gloves in bright blue and gold. I had to snap a photo of Craig with these amazing gloves, which you will see in the article. GO BLUE!!! Dr. Craig is a chiropractor who recommends exercise to all his patients regardless of the type of exercise. In addition to exercise, Dr Denholm recommends good rest, a good diet, and stress release, reasonable rules to live by. Dr. Denholm has been a chiropractor for seven years. Today he took second place in his age group in the 10K.

The “winners” keep coming. Rhonda Workman, 63, from Mesick, is director of the Mesick Mushroom Festival 5K, a beautiful, trail run along the backwaters of the Hodenpyle Dam and through extremely primitive, hilly woods. Try this exceptional race next spring and find some mushrooms, if you are lucky. Rhonda is also a veteran. Thank you for your service! Rhonda trains kids, is in her uniform for the event, and conducted some of the veteran’s day activities in Mesick. Rhonda, you are incredible! Rhonda and I trade beating each other at races. Prior to the race, we were “trash talking” each other. Our friendly competition proves runners can have fun regardless of where they finish a race.

Jeff Miller, 62, of Boyne City, says he would gain weight if he did not run. Hillary Sawchuck, 31, from the Detroit area, was running her first 10K. She enjoys the outdoor activity. Hillary is a journalist with “Overadrink”. She interviews folks, oddly enough, over a drink. I’ve got to see her website! Kristin, mom, was not running. But her brood ran and excelled. Lilly is 16, Jane, 11, Landon, 9, and Betsy, 4, helped mommy watch. Steve Weldon, 66 of Acme, runs for health and strength. His buddy, Chris May, 35, wins the longest distance award, if there was such an award. Chris came in all the way from Seattle for the race. Ann Madison, 61, from Traverse City, runs for the friendship and because of the positive people who are so supportive. Lyndsay Oswald, 38, from Three Rivers, runs for the mental health benefits. I ran for several miles with Lyndsay and her kids, Jacob Howes, 12, and Reece Howes, 10 all of whom handily beat me across the finish line. But, regardless of the finish position, we had fun running the Vasa. Lyndsay and family are a good example how these races help the local economy. They stayed at a local motel, ate at area restaurants, shopped at local businesses including (of course) Running Fit, and had a great time visiting the Traverse City area. All because of the Vasa Run. Elizabeth Trost, 28, from Traverse City, runs so she can spend quality time with her dad, Tom Trost, 53. Together, they have done many runs.

It was especially fun the see Dr Jim “Woody” Woodburne, an old running friend. As we raced together, we reminisced about one of our former running buddies, Dr. Vern Wolfgram, who died a few years ago. Woody shared with me how he and Vern ran the Boston Marathon together, not because they qualified, but because they were members of a special doctor’s medical group. Either could have qualified because of their fast times. Jeff Gaft was the “volunteer of the race”. Among other duties, Jeff and his kids marked the entire race course and he was stationed at the main turn for the 5K. Brrrrrr!

Race director, Jen Teeples, encourages you to come out for next year’s Vasa Run. You will feel better for the effort and you will love the beautiful course. Before starting an exercise program, consult your doctor.

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! He plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Mickey won his age group, 70-120. Don’t tell anyone, but other runners in his age group must have stayed home!

Zombie Run 5K, Oct 27, Traverse City

Race director Matt Ross, and his super assistant wife, Jennifer, registered over 800 participants to the 10th annual Zombie Run, October 27, at Right Brain Brewery, 16th Street in Traverse City. For a really scary experience, visit the unique, unusual, Zombie Run website at http://www.tczombierun.com/ . The Zombie Run website says; “The Zombie Run has become a Traverse City Halloween tradition. What’s not to like? Zombies and beer have always been a winning combination. Over the years we have seen zombies from all walks of life, or should I say death. Who showed up this year? The only thing we never saw was someone not having a great time! Right Brain Brewery hosted the run as always. The run wouldn’t be the same without our friends at the Brain, get it? After the race, the medal ceremony and best costumes prizes were awarded. We may have a few other surprises as well. Plus the beer will be flowing, who says you can’t drink before noon? Besides, you’re already dead anyway!”  Medals were awarded to the overall top male and female runners and top three age group winners. There were also prizes for the best costumes. In addition to a tee shirt, runners received a unique, colorful bib number. The bib included a number, like all bibs, but the number was duplicated on a cartoon runner appearing on the bib. Wonderful snacks were available to runners after the race. Results were available on smartphones within minutes of finishing and at this link; Zombie 5K, Traverse City, 2018 .    Trevor Step, of RF Timing, competently provided results within minutes of finishing even though Trevor was saddled with a walking boot as a result of a recent soccer accident. Hey, Trevor, running is safe!!!

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Sponsored by Meijer, KLT Radio, Right Brain Brewery, Cone Drive, Williams Honda, Patient Care Specialists, Tart Trails, Allen Kent Photo, GoGo Squeeze, IPR Radio, and Doctors Walt and Susan Nobel, race proceeds benefit Tart Trails. The race begins following the Tart Trail along lovely Boardman Lake and proceeds through city streets until winding back along the same Tart Trail to finish.  Ida Reed, of sponsor WKLT Radio, beautifully sang the National Anthem. Ida has been singing professionally over 25 years.

My participation in the Zombie Run is dedicated to a friend who recently passed away, Gary Keyes. I saw Gary for the last time at last year’s Zombie Run. Last year, tt took a moment to recognize Gary because he was decorated in a unique clown-face costume, brightly painted in shades of blue. I interviewed Gary. Although we had known each other for 40 some years, I had not known the story Gary told me. Why did Gary run races? Because as a child, Gary had polio and used running as part of his life-long therapy. Attending a conference in New Orleans, 40 years ago, I was doing the tourist thing, visiting Jackson Square in the French Quarter. I heard my name being called across the square. It was Gary, dressed in clown face taking photos with tourists. He was living in New Orleans. We met and discovered a mutual interest of blues harmonica. We played together right there on Jackson Square and many other times here in Traverse City. Gary, you will be missed.

Let’s meet some zombies who lived to finish the 2018 Zombie Run. Anne Groleau, 52, from TC, lost 15 pounds. Her blood pressure is “Awesome”. Her energy is high and she receives good feelings running seven days/week, 5 miles every day! Cameron Leaenberger, 44, from Honor, has been “active for as long as I can recall”. Harlene Ward, 86, yes, I said 86 years young, from Lake Ann, is running in her second race. “I have been healthy all my life” she told me. Paul Ward, 65, “runs because I can”. Nate Cook, 30 of TC, lost 25 Pounds. Running motivates him to do other races. Debbie Beason, 63, of Fife Lake has been running for 30 years and loves it. Her friend, Joyce Freiwald, 75 of Fife Lake, had her appendix out 1 ½ weeks ago and covered today’s distance. Between us, we have zero appendixes. Joyce runs for better health. Colin Williams, of TC, came dressed as Jesus and ran/walked the 5K wearing Jesus-sandals. This race is the only time of the year Colin runs. Jim Graham, 69, of Suttons Bay, the former president of the Traverse City Track Club, ran as superman or some sort of super hero. Jim runs to relieve stress and to keep his cholesterol in check. Milixa, Millie, Milan, did not run the 5K this year. Millie has won the costume contest in the past. This year, Millie was a volunteer. If Millie had run, she would have won again. She was extravagantly costumed as a mama zombie outfit complete with zombie babies.

As author of this article, I get to pick my winner and Joe Kline, 60, of TC, wins the race. Joe did not compete, but Joe was dressed in the most extravagant U of M garb of the Zombie day. Joe had a UM jacket, UM shirt and an unusual UM Wolverine hat. But his clothing is not the only reason Joe won. When graduating UM Chemical Engineering School, Joe drove his car THROUGH the famous UM Engine Arch. Way to go, Joe. Joe will always be my winner and my idle. As Borat said, Joe, you are one craaaaaazy guy. High five! Joe was accompanied by his freshman UM roommate, Joel McElrath, 60 from Tampa, Florida, who actually ran in the Zombie Run. Joel has been running 25 years, has finished one marathon and has completed over 10 races this year. Jim Sitek, 64 of TC is an area physician. Jim says running is a very efficient method to keep in shape. As a physician, he ought to know. Jim runs 3-4 times each week. He started at age 59. Angela Clem-Skeans, age 50, of TC runs to honor her dad, my brother’s good friend, Gary Clem. Her mother, Marilyn Pierman, 72, of TC, runs for stress release and to honor her grandson, Zeke. Carly Fewins, 37, of TC, was our favorite zombie bride, with a unique costume. John Wakeman, 42, stopped smoking 15 years ago. John was dressed as a zombie cowboy. His zombie cowboy sons were Colton and Wyat Fewins, age 8. All three brought their horses, hobby horses. Bob Bielski, 71, of TC, is a lifelong jogger. A crowd favorite was the group from a downstate hospital, who returned to TC to entertain the crowd. Bryn Bisson, 28, Aaron Bisson, 25, Matt Nelson, 31, Jade Gamber, 27, Jordan Boynton, 27, Massa Cimini, 26, Johnathon Portara, 25 and Alan Horn, 29, all had a blast in their zombie medical costumes complete with at least two bare butts.

Jessica Stark, pushed one of her children in a jogging stroller and ran/walked with another child, dressed as a cute zombie family. Hubby, Chris, was the fastest runner of the 800 participants and son, Eric, took an age group medal. Sara Pyszora, 37 of West Branch, was a zombie beauty queen. Sara’s motto “If you can’t beat em,,, eat em”. Eric Stehouwer, 49, and Enon Cox, 42, of TC, won a costume prize dressed as zombie golfers. Eric is son of my classmate at Central High, Bob Stehouwer, who will help with our upcoming 60th reunion party, I hope!!! Come on Bob! One of the hits of the race were the “Zumbies” dressed up in their favorite zombie-zamba costumes. The Zumbies are part of a Zamba class. The zumbies included Karen McLain, 43, Deb Engerer, 60, Laura Overzet-Turmel, 43, Cindy Steel, 52, Kristina Clark, 44, Lynette Williams, 52, and Emily Luenberger, 40, who was running in her 9th Zombie run. You Zumbies were dead!!!

Matt and Jennifer Ross hope to see you, alive or dead, at next year’s Zombie Run. You will scream at the fun you’ll have and you will feel better for the effort. Also, join them at next year’s Dune Dash 4 Mile Run, a flat, fast race at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Climbing Hill. Remember to ask your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained over 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! He plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Mickey finished second in his age group.

Race and Remember 5k Glow Run & Walk, Elk Rapids, for Hospice of Michigan, Oct 13, 2018

Race director, Michelle Gallagher, registered over 170 runners and walkers for the second Annual Race and Remember 5K Glow Run in Elk Rapids, MI. Just north of Traverse City, this quaint waterfront village is the perfect back drop to our family and pet friendly 5K to benefit Hospice of Michigan (HOM). Not a runner? That’s ok, you could walk the 5K or turn around anytime. The 5K started at 7:15PM at the AMVETS building, 410 Bridge Street, and wound through downtown, across the river and out N. Bayshore Dr. Then turned around and came back to the AMVETS. Family, friends, and dogs were encouraged to attend and to dress up with glow sticks or lights! Snacks and water were available for finishers. Trophies were given to the overall fastest male and female. Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd male and female were awarded in age groups. Prizes were given for the Best in Glow Contest including best glow dog. Sponsored by; 4 Front Credit Union, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, DTE Energy Foundation, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Grandstay Hotel & Suites, Bob and Lisa McCririe, MICPA, Orchard Creek Senior Living, The Place Promotional Products, Villa Healthcare, 107.5 Radio, WTCM Radio and Z93 Radio.  The race raised over $15,000 to be used for the good works of HOM and for those residents who are uninsured or underinsured and terminally ill. Results can be found at; Glow Run 5K Results 

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Marci Hillary, the Vice President of Community Relations for HOM, walked the course with her son Grant. Marcie came up from Grand Rapids with her sons Jeb, age 12, and Grant, 11. It was an amazing coincidence for me to meet Marci, because she is cousin to my step-son-in-law, Pat Hillary, of Rockford. WOW!! Kathryn Holl, is Grief Support Manager providing group counseling and grief support and companionship to hospice families which lasts thirteen months after their loved one has passed. Greif support services through Hospice of Michigan are available to anyone in the community regardless if they had a loved one on their services.  Kathryn brought her husband, Stevan, Travis, 15, Grace, 12, Austen Sill, 15, Avery Sill, 12, Avery Sill 12, Ella Sill, 11 and their “star” Leo the Labradoodle, 2 years old. Volunteers were amazing coming all the way from downstate to assist with the race. Several ladies from the Hospice of Michigan Foundation came up to Elk Rapids to help with registration and check in at the race;Lisa Kaiser, from Grand Rapids, is  Donations Processor, Kim Streich, from Ann Arbor, is a Philanthropy Manager, Emily Falicki and Laura Vanover, from GR, both helped with registration. Ann McPhail has been a HOM volunteer for four years. Ann volunteered at the Memorial Tree.Tonya Kilpatrick, was a course marshal, Tonya is a RN at HOM. For three years, she has provided comfort care and support to families in homes at end of life. Tonya explained to me there are other hospice organizations in the Traverse area but Hospice of Michigan is the only non-profit hospice care available. Pattie Albertson, a spry 70 years old was a brightly lit walker. She walks every day to keep in shape and stay healthy. Pattie’s daughter, Karen Lucas, was a course marshaland Karen is a hospice aide with Hospice of Michigan, assisting clients with personal cares. Karen’s son, Lucas, 12, walked with his grandma. Pam Geyer, a course marshal is also a Hospice of Michigan aide. Pam’s daughter, Rachael, assisted her mom volunteering and brought 3 of her friends to help out as well.

Amy Beehler of Williamsburg, brought over sixty runners and walkers recognizable by their pink or green tee shirts emblazoned with the word “Angels”. This is the second year Amy has brought a large team to the Glow Run, and the two years combined has helped raised well over $5,000 for Hospice of Michigan. Laura Foster, 62, from North Carolina, started training two years ago. She ran the Couch to 5K race in North Carolina. The Jensen Family Clan were present walking the 5k with a twin jogging stroller complete with two babies. Don Vyverberg, 49, of Kalkaska ran the 5K. Don is the son of my former friend Don Vyverberg, who recently passed away, and my classmate from TC Central High, Barb Harig Vyverberg. Hypoglycemia runs in Don’s family, Don is free of the disease and credits running to his good health. Another benefit Don experienced from running is relief of work stress.  Don also lost 15 pounds and his blood pressure dropped from 135/85 to 110/72. His pulse was in the 80s but is now in the 60s.  Bob Berry, 67, of Charlevoix, ran the 5K because his wife Ellen is an HOM volunteer who visits patients at the American Senior Living Center in Charlevoix. Bob suffers from serious arthritis throughout his body. Bob started running to get in shape, but his doctor said running would be too hard on his arthritic joints. He started running four years ago and found his pain was much better when running rather than walking. Bob’s advice to others? “Most importantly, one has to keep moving. Moving really helps with arthritic pain.” By the way, and it is no small feat, Bob dropped from 250 pounds to his present 178 pounds. Bob, you are a winner in the game we call “Life”. James, 31, and Danielle Casey, 30, are former high school runners. The Casey’s were accompanied by their brightly lit, beautiful Burmese Mountain dog, Tonka, age 3. Tonka beat me with ease!!!

Race director, Michelle Gallagher, hopes you will come to the third annual Race and Remember Glow Run, to benefit Hospice of Michigan. You will be amazed how fulfilling the run-walk for HOM can be for you. You will feel better and you will experience many of the benefits of our runners. Remember, to ask your doctor before starting an exercise program.  Even though the race has ended donations can still be made at www.hom.org/glowrun.  For more information about Hospice of Michigan, visit their website at www.hom.org.

 

Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained over 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! He plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email mickey@telecomclassifiedads.com. Mickey finished third in his age group.