Tuesday, September 08, 2009
32 and counting
On Labor Day morning, I was a finish-line volunteer at the Mississippi Valley Running Association's 32nd annual Dubuque Benefit Classic -- a 5k (3.1 miles) and half-marathon (13.1 miles).
Thus, I had a good vantage point to see local running history. Retired teacher Fran Ouderkirk (left), wearing the remnants of the T-shirt from the inaugural Benefit Classic, extended his record of completing every half-marathon in the event's history. (Officially, the half was cancelled in 2002 due to thunderstorms, but Fran was on the course when Mother Nature washed out the race. So that has to count.)