Tony Anderson would be the first to tell you, he is no super hero. Super heroes are the many Big Brother, Big Sister adults with “Little brothers or Little Sisters”, adults devoting their time to helping kids. (And there is a huge waiting list of kids waiting for adults in our BBBS area.) But Tony Anderson is a Super Hero, by any stretch of the imagination. During the day, Tony is General Manager of Cherryland Electric Co-op. During the evenings, Tony turns into a Super Hero. Tony has been on the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters for over thirteen years. Tony has had his own “Little Brother”. Tony is also raising much needed funds for Big Brothers, Big Sisters by attempting to run a marathon in every state. To date, Tony has completed 39 marathons, that’s 39 races of 26.2 miles. His next race is –March 18 in Hilo, Hawaii. To date, Tony has raised over $300,000 for BBBS. What is even more remarkable, this huge accomplishment is being done with a hip replacement! Yes, Tony chose to continue his charitable feat with a new hip. Learn more about Tony’ challenge by visiting his website; www.marathon4kids.com
What makes Tony run? I asked Tony a few questions. Following are Tony’s answers: Why do you serve on the BBBS board? To have an impact on the lives of kids in our region. Have you had a Little brother or sister? Yes. Describe the positives of having a “Little Brother”? When an adult cares, listens and believes in a child, the child gains hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for a better future. What should a person consider before taking on a Little brother or sister? Can they make a consistent commitment? It only has to be an hour a week or a couple hours per month, but it needs to be consistent. What message would you like to impart to others thinking about volunteering with BBBS? Together, we can change the world one child at a time. If you want less crime and violence in the world, it all starts at home with the care and treatment of our children.
Regarding his replaced hip, Tony responds as follows; When was your hip replaced? March 4, 2016. Do you experience pain in your hip when you run after the surgery? The muscles are still weak and they do get swollen if I run too hard or too far. Most of the pain and discomfort comes after I stop running. Are your doctors aware you are running? Yes. Is there a downside to running on a new hip? The downside is that you have to be comfortable with not running as fast as you once did. How many marathons have you completed? 39 marathons in 39 states. What is your marathon personal record? 3:47. When is your next marathon? March 18, Hilo, Hawaii. What time do you hope to achieve in the next marathon? 4:50. How much training do you do per week? 25 – 40 miles – depends on where I am at in the latest training cycle. Are there other runners with replaced hips with whom you communicate. yes. There is a blog at www.hiprunner.com . How much money have you raised for BBBS? The grand total is over $300,000. How many years have you been running marathons? Since 2003. Your age? 55. Your height? 5’11”. Your weight? Depends on the day. Does your weight vary? Weight has been the same for the last few years. Tony added he can’t pass Potter’s without buying a donut. Talk about your kids? Zach is 31, from Cadillac, Andrew is 28, from Kingsley, and Collette, 22, is a law school student at Wayne State. They all run. What symptoms did you experience prior to hip surgery? It felt like a muscle pull for over one and a half years. Will you be running the Big Little Hero Run? Yes, the 5K. What is the date and time? Saturday, April, 14, 2018 Fun Run: 9:00 a.m. and 5K/10K 9:30 a.m. Location: NMC Main Campus – West Hall. Lots of prizes.
Tony Anderson will tell you he’s no Super Hero. He is just like many other Big Brother, Big Sister volunteers. But Tony is so much more. Tony fits the mold of a Super Hero. Join Tony and me in the BBBS Super Hero Race, Saturday, April 14 at NMC. For more Super Hero race information or to register, go to; https://events.bytepro.net/biglittleherorace . Remember to speak with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Your author, Mickey Fivenson, has trained over 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He has completed over 60 marathons and holds one 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. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need tips on training, email mickey at telecomclassifiedads dot com.