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Getting Goofy: Friends at the Finish

Getting Goofy: Friends at the Finish

At the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, Digital Running hosted a meetup with Megan Biller, author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World. There we met Brittany, who had traveled to Florida from Illinois where she works at Running Central, and was now halfway through her Goofy Challenge. The Goofy Challenge involves running the Donald Duck Half Marathon on Saturday and the Mickey Mouse Full Marathon the next morning, Sunday. When you … Read entire article »

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Ralph’s She-Vanigans at Ragnar NWP

Ralph’s She-Vanigans at Ragnar NWP

What do six strangers quested with finding a mascot do on the eve of running 200 miles? They hatch chicken-napping plans! Team “Long Distance RELAY-tionship” at the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage 2012 was made up of strangers who were pulled together online by Digital Running. Van 1, driven by Coach Brian, had a rubber chicken as a van mascot to sit on Brian’s dashboard. He challenged Van 2 with finding a better mascot than Ralph the … Read entire article »

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Where did John go?

Where did John go?

Brian navigated Van 2 up through the mountains just outside of Jasper, Tennessee, during leg seven of the Ragnar Relay, questioning what he might have got himself into. The hand off from the last runner of Van 1 to the first runner of Van 2 was flawless, so flawless that team captain Brian thought a little mingling between the near-strangers who called themselves teammates was in order. Brian’s original plan for the Relay team was simple … Read entire article »

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Win a week’s worth of socks!

Win a week’s worth of socks!

I have a problem. It’s a sock monster. For years, I’ve worn thin polyester and nylon socks that are foot specific. Each sock has a little ‘L’ or a little ‘R’ that informs my cobwebbed early morning brain which foot I need to slide it on before I head out for a run. Sadly, the sock monster that lives in my clothes dryer only likes the left footed socks. One early morning last month, I was … Read entire article »

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Man vs Beast

Usually, I change the names of those involved when reporting on running mishaps. In this case, I’ll freely admit that the mishap occurred on my own street, and that the individual involved was, in fact, me. I may as well just write in first person. I’ve never been too fond of dogs. When I was 6 years old, I was just hanging out on my grandmother’s back porch when an excited husky jumped up and scratched me on the face. So, it wasn’t surprising that I was a little uneasy when a new family moved down the street and brought their dog, Abby, with them. Abby is really a pretty friendly dog, but she’s rarely restrained and she likes to run with me, nipping at my heels as I make my … Read entire article »

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Cross Country Runner Becomes Roadkill

A recent district cross country meet in Florida found the usual denizens of a county park in a bit of an uproar. Peggy Winkelman, a 76 year old homemaker from Pinellas County was enjoying her usual ride along the park’s gravel paths on her purple beach cruiser bicycle when the starting gun fired for the boys’ varsity race. As the adrenaline-fueled stampede of high school boys approached the first quarter mile of the 5K race, the race leaders spotted Peggy in the distance. Apparently perturbed at the prospect of the brief interruption to her normally peaceful bike ride around the lake, Peggy rode angrily toward the mob, her fist raised in defiance. “This is my path!” she yelled with surprising ferocity.  “Get off my path!” As the thundering footsteps approached her, the thick … Read entire article »

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