DAYS 34-38 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for the Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I haven't read them in 40 years! Below is what I wrote on these cards each day.

Day 38 – July 18, 1978.
Miles run = 50.0!!!
Finish location – Benkelman, NE.
Weather – ?

Comments: “My longest day – I was out on the road from 4:50am to 4:50pm. I was nervous about running 50 miles but I felt pretty well. Now I know I can do it. Maybe I’ll try 60 someday when I get real close to home! Go Red Sox!”

 Leaving Colorado, entering Nebraska.

Leaving Colorado, entering Nebraska.

 

Day 37 – July 17, 1978.
Miles run = 43.0.
Finish location – Wray, CO.
Weather – 100 degrees, hot!!

Comments: “Our last city in Colorado and it’s on to Nebraska. Thus, we enter our 6th state tomorrow and our 2nd-to-last big state (PA). Weather is very, very, very hot and humid. Miss you all.”

 ·      Road may have been closed to automobiles but not to cross country runners!

·      Road may have been closed to automobiles but not to cross country runners!

 

Day 36 – July 16, 1978.
Miles run = 43.5.
Finish location – Akron, CO.
Weather – 100 degrees.

Comments: “Very hot! The temps have risen to 100 degrees and we are now in the prairies. It is very flat terrain but the heat has taken its toll. We have to awake at 4am and I’m on the road at 4:30am. It’s weird running that early in the morning but I have no choice!”

 Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!

 

Day 35 – July 15, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Fort Morgan, CO.
Weather – 100 degrees.

Comments: “Out of the Rockies and flat land but the temperature is HOT! 100 degrees! Grasshoppers and bugs are the main hindrances. Meeting a lot of nice people and signing a lot of autographs! Hope everyone is well.”

 ·      Last final climb in the Rockies.

·      Last final climb in the Rockies.

 

Day 34 – July 14, 1978.
Miles run = 46.0.
Finish location – Greeley, CO.
Weather – ?

Comments: “Reached our 3rd mail stop today. Got a lot of fan mail!! If any of you guys want to write to me at our next mail stop, write to: Dave McGillivray, Cross Country Runner, General Delivery, Lincoln, Nebraska by July 25th. It would be nice to hear from you!”

DAYS 30-33 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for the Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I haven't read them in 40 years! Below is what I wrote on these cards each day.

 Leaving the Rockies with my support crew – arm in arm.

Leaving the Rockies with my support crew – arm in arm.

Day 33 – July 13, 1978.
Miles run = 44.0.
Finish location – Estes Park, CO.
Weather – 77 degrees.

Comments: “Climbed the longest continuous ascending road in the US today – 13,000 feet high! That’s like one Mt. Washington on top of another! But, I survived and got out of it without too much trouble – I surprised myself by running 44 miles today – the altitude wasn’t too bad. Rockies are GONE!!”

 Running out of the Rockies.

Running out of the Rockies.


Day 32 – July 12, 1978.
Miles run = 43.0.
Finish location – Grand Lake, CO.
Weather – 70s.

Comments: “We are at the base of the highest peak I’ll climb across the US. Today was mountainous but not too bad. It’s tiring but I’m hanging on. One woman told me I wouldn’t make it out alive if I run up that mountain! Hope you all can make it to my funeral!”

 Quick drink break in the Rockies.

Quick drink break in the Rockies.


Day 31 – July 11, 1978.
Miles run = 40.4.
Finish location – Kremmling, CO.
Weather – 70s.

 Being silly – Rocky at the Rockies.

Being silly – Rocky at the Rockies.

Comments: “One month on the road and in the middle of the Rockies. Only 2 more days in the mountains, I hope. Having van fixed…need new brakes! Hope all goes well with the van. Can hardly wait till I get home! Going to watch the All-Star game tonight. Go A.L.!!”

 Making it to the top – 13,000 feet!

Making it to the top – 13,000 feet!


Day 30 – July 10, 1978.
Miles run = 41.0.
Finish location – Steamboat, CO.
Weather – sunny but then thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Comments: “Only 50 more days! Today ended up running up a mountain like Mt. Washington – 7 miles straight up without a break or a downhill. It’s getting very tough and I was told I’m in for a beauty on Thursday – about 13,000 feet straight up…should be interesting!”

 Running up the Rockies.

Running up the Rockies.

DAYS 26-29 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing on with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for the Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I haven't read them in 40 years! Below is what I wrote on these cards each day.

Day 29 – July 9, 1978.
Miles run = 43.0.
Finish location – Craig, Colorado.
Weather – 75 degrees.

Comments: “In the thick of the state of Colorado now. The roads are terrible….have to keep jumping on and off the road…just miss being hit by cars and trucks all the time. Went to a drive-in with the van…movie was lovely! Headed for the tough mountains in the next 5 days…wish me luck.”

 After the 100+ degrees in the desert, seeing some snow was a welcome sight!

After the 100+ degrees in the desert, seeing some snow was a welcome sight!

Day 28 – July 8, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Maybell, Colorado.
Weather – 70 degrees.

Comments: “Four complete weeks…GONE!  Interesting tidbits – finding lots of coins on side of roads (amount $5-$6 now). A lot of broken cassettes and 8-tracks on the road, also. One of the guys with me sleep walks so that makes for interesting nights!  Total mileage: 1,161 miles and heading for the halfway mark. Hi to all the guys – Hal, Tom, Greg, Lee, etc.”

 

Day 27 – July 7, 1978.
Miles run = 46.1.
Finish location – Dinosaur, Colorado
Weather – 70 degrees.

Comments: “Finally hit Colorado!  It’s going to be tough running up these Rockies but there’s some sort of excitement in attempting to tackle those mountains.… I’m ready if they are!! We are in the foothills now and they are preparing me for the biggies! The altitude is also tough.” 

 Entering the Rockies!  Nice view but tough climbs.

Entering the Rockies!  Nice view but tough climbs.

Day 26 – July 6, 1978.
Miles run = 46.0.
Finish location – Vernal, Utah.
Weather – 75 degrees.

Comments: “Tomorrow Colorado… I’m getting stronger. I was going to run 50 miles but the guys pulled me into the van and told me to wait till I’m over the Rockies. Guess they are right. If I had trained, I almost think I might have had a chance to break the “official” record – I know I can run 50-60 miles a day now but I don’t want to!”

DAYS 22-25 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Day 25 – July 5, 1978.
Miles run = 42.6.
Finish location – Roosevelt, Utah.
Weather – 80 degrees.

Comments: “No major problems…we hit our 1,000 miles today!!! Now I have to work on 2,000!! I feel pretty well. However, problems with the van…needs new brakes!! Hope it doesn’t hold me up. I’m psyched – Boston here I come!”

 End of the day treat – my beloved ice cream!!! No “power foods” back then!

End of the day treat – my beloved ice cream!!! No “power foods” back then!

Day 24 – July 4, 1978.
Miles run = 45.0.
Finish location – Fruitville, Utah.
Weather – 85 degrees.

Comments: “What a place to spend the Fourth. We are now 8 miles off the road into the woods next to some reservoir and next to a glowing campfire (wish I was at the Esplanade though – did it rain?). Today I felt super but had to climb an 8,000-foot mountain – worst than Mt. Washington. I can hardly wait till the Rocky’s! God, that is going to make or break me. Tomorrow at the 10.5-mile mark, I hit the all-important 1,000 miles!”

 Goofing off a bit – needed to lighten it up every now and then.

Goofing off a bit – needed to lighten it up every now and then.

Day 23 – July 3, 1978.
Miles run = 40.1.
Finish location – Heber City, Utah.
Weather – 65 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Was interviewed today by Provo and Salt Lake City tv and newspapers. There was a possibility of meeting with the Osmond Family but they were out of town. Met with the Mayor of Provo and the city officials. They wanted us to be in their parade tomorrow (over 110,000 people) but we had to move on. Physically, all systems still go – little nagging pains but just have to accept them (when I am actually running they’re not that little!).”

 Jeff doing advance PR work at the nearest phone booth.

Jeff doing advance PR work at the nearest phone booth.

Day 22 – July 2, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Provo, Utah.
Weather – 85 degrees.

Comments: “Have completed over 900 miles as of today. Will be interviewed by local TV, newspapers and radio stations. I think we are finally out of the desert! Now we are heading for the Rockies! I feel super for 900 miles…have pain in both muscles over my knees (vastus medialis muscles). Hopefully, will be able to work it out. Saw rattlesnakes today!!”

 Running through the real rocky mountains of Utah!

Running through the real rocky mountains of Utah!

DAYS 19-21 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Day 21 – July 1, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Weather - 95 degrees.
Finish location – Nephi, Utah.

    Cattle making a “run” for it across the highway and then actually chasing me!

 

Cattle making a “run” for it across the highway and then actually chasing me!

Comments: “My knees still bother me…they tighten up so bad I can’t bend them at all. As a result, the going was a little rough. If I can accept the pain for a few more days, I’m sure it will work itself out.”

    Feet – surprisingly, seem to be in good shape!

 

Feet – surprisingly, seem to be in good shape!

Day 20 – June 30, 1978.
Miles run = 41.9.
Weather - 90 degrees.
Finish location – Delta, Utah

 Great to finally have Kent here to bike with me and run with me and basically take care of me!

Great to finally have Kent here to bike with me and run with me and basically take care of me!

Comments: “My other companion, Kent Hawley met up with us on his bicycle! He peddled from Reno, NV to Delta, Utah, about 400 miles! It’s good to have him with us. Stayed in motel for a change. Hope you guys are still running at lunch.”

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Day 19 – June 29, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – In the desert.
Weather – 95 degrees.

Comments: “We are 50-miles from the nearest town so have to stay in the desert for the evening.  This means no bath and as a result aching muscles the next day. Today I felt a little like Superman. I wanted to run 50+ miles but I decided to wait till after the Rockies.”

DAYS 17 & 18 - MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing on with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for the Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978 to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day.

 Danny cooking dinner for us. Current Note: Sadly, Danny passed away a few years ago. He was a great friend and crew member.

Danny cooking dinner for us. Current Note: Sadly, Danny passed away a few years ago. He was a great friend and crew member.

Day 18 – June 28, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Baker, NV.
Weather – 100 degrees.

Comments: “Actually crossed the Utah / Nevada border today. Also entered into a new time zone so that made us feel good! However, still in the middle of the desert and it's about 90 to 100 degrees but no humidity. The terrain is tough to handle – hope it gets better soon.”

 Newsclips – it was fun to pick up newspapers along the way and see the run mentioned. Really picked up our spirits, especially in the lonely desert.

Newsclips – it was fun to pick up newspapers along the way and see the run mentioned. Really picked up our spirits, especially in the lonely desert.

Day 17 – June 27, 1978.
Miles run = 41.7.
Finish location – Major’s Place, NV.
Weather – 90’s.

Comments: “I’ll tell you what a typical day is like – wake at 5:30am, have tea with honey, donut or toast, stretch, vaseline, Ben Gay, etc., etc. Out on road by 6:30am, run 10-miles, rest 15-20 minutes, run 10 more miles, rest 15-20 minutes, and run other 5-10 miles all before lunch. For lunch, pint of ice cream!! Out on road at 2pm. Run 5 miles, rest a bit, run another 5 miles, rest a bit then walk an extra 2-miles (to put extra miles in the bank) with my cassette player recording everything that happened that day. Then find a place to stay for the night, eat (spaghetti, etc.) take all my pills (supplements), write postcards and in bed at 10pm.”

 Trying to be positive – I always tried to say to myself no matter how hard this was that I was fortunate just to have the health and strength to even attempt it.

Trying to be positive – I always tried to say to myself no matter how hard this was that I was fortunate just to have the health and strength to even attempt it.

HOPE YOU ALL (OR SOME OF YOU) ARE LIKING THESE POSTS!! I know I am having fun reading these cards that I wrote 40 years ago to the day! Makes me want to do this cross country run again...well...

Will be making an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT on my next MEDFORD TO MEDFORD post!!

DAY 16 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

WORST DAY OF THE TRIP!

 More running in the desert.

More running in the desert.

Day 16 – June 26, 1978.
Miles run = 32.
Finish location – Ely, NV.
Weather – ?

 My face – taken more of a beating than my legs and feet. Burnt.

My face – taken more of a beating than my legs and feet. Burnt.

Comments: ”Ended up in the hospital cause knee hurt so much. Only ran 15.5 miles in the morning but was determined to get more done even if my knee was killing me! So, I ran another 17 miles but it hurt like hell. The knee hurt because of the terrain I was running on. No room, no shoulders on the road, 40 degrees banked, it is tough to run on that stuff. Can only hope knee will heal.”

 Motorhome in the desert – our home for 3 months.

Motorhome in the desert – our home for 3 months.

My editorial comments today: I do remember this day the most. I will never forget Ely, NV. In the desert with a bum knee – the vastus medialis muscle. I never felt so “alone” in my life. My dream of running across America was about to end at about 1,000 miles. I was questioning whether I could do this or not. The doctor in the ER asked me how I thought my knee became sore. I just couldn’t tell him that perhaps running 40+ miles a day had something to do with it! I eventually realized that the pitch of the road was what was causing it. I was running all my miles on one side of the road. I alternated each side from then on and my pain eventually subsided. If I didn’t figure it out, I would never have made it and I wouldn’t be posting this daily report right now!

 Sitting quietly wondering if I can really do this now…and praying.

Sitting quietly wondering if I can really do this now…and praying.

DAYS 12-15 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing on with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for The Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m even enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I have never read them in 40 years!

Day 15 – June 25, 1978.
Miles run = 42.6.
Finish location – Eureka, NV.
Weather – sunny, 75 degrees.

Comments: “Bad day! Left knee started bothering me. It was the muscle surrounding the patella. It became very stiff and it was very difficult to bend my leg, never mind running 40+ miles a day! Was interviewed in the middle of the desert by a person from the National Broadcasting Company in New York. Hope my knee gets better!”

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Day 14 – June 24, 1978.
Miles run = 43.2.
Finish location – Eureka, NV.
Weather – sunny, 60 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Should be in Utah on Wednesday! This completes the second full week! Total mileage is 578.3. Not bad for 2 weeks. I feel like I can break the “world’s record” but it is too late to try and do that now – I’ll stick to my 40+ miles per day.”

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Day 13 – June 23, 1978.
Miles run = 42.3.
Finish location – Austin, NV.
Weather – sunny, 60 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Mountainous, about 7,500 feet! Very difficult to breathe. My body is adjusting very well…however, the minor pain in right hip still persists. Other than that, everything is going well. It is a LONG way!”

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Day 12 – June 22, 1978.
Finish location – Austin, NV.
Weather – sunny, 75 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Ran 30 miles before noon! Staying at same motel that Bill Emmerton stayed at a few weeks ago. He ran from Missouri to CA on the old Pony Express Road. Meeting lots of interesting people. There is absolutely nothing out here in the desert! Lonely!! Hope to be in Provo, Utah, by July 1 or 2. If you want to mail anything to me you can send it to General Delivery, Provo, Utah c/o Dave McGillivray.”

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DAYS 10 & 11 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing on with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for The Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day…

Day 11 – June 21, 1978.
Miles run = 40.4.
Finish location – Frenchman, NV.
Weather – sunny, 85 to 100 degrees.

 Desert photo – HOT – 100 degrees!

Desert photo – HOT – 100 degrees!

Comments: “Very hot today. I called Hal Goldstein on the phone but his secretary said he wasn’t in this week. Pulled the van over the side of the road and spent the night in the middle of the desert – literally! I feel great for having run this far. Say hi to all my running friends.”

 Motorhome Banner – what is wrong with this banner???? Yikes!

Motorhome Banner – what is wrong with this banner???? Yikes!

Day 10 – June 20, 1978.
Miles run = 41.2.
Finish location – Fallon, NV.
Weather – sunny, 95 to 100 degrees!

Comments: “Today I entered the desert, officially. It climbed near 100 degrees today. Physically, my body is amazingly adjusting to the distance. I can’t believe I am running 1 ½ marathons a day for 80 consecutive days but if you spread it out over an entire day it is a little easier. Right now we are in a pizza parlor and the people have recognized me on TV and heard about it over the radio – they are giving us FREE pizza and beer! Nice to get a reception like this everywhere!”

 Jimmy Fund Flyer – handed this out along the way. No such thing as “on-line” donations!!

Jimmy Fund Flyer – handed this out along the way. No such thing as “on-line” donations!!

DAYS 5-9 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Day 9 – June 19, 1978.
Miles run = 40.5.
Finish location – Reno, NV.
Weather – sunny, 80 degrees.

Comments: “Today was one of my toughest days – my hip has really started to act up – maybe bursitis!! Hopeful with the proper pills and cold packs it will clear up. Other than this minor injury, I’m in super, super condition. Got interviewed by TV today – CBS and NBC. Wishing you guys were here!”

 Getting to the 400-mile mark.

Getting to the 400-mile mark.

Day 8 – June 18, 1978.
Miles run = 43.
Finish location – Reno, NV.
Weather – sunny, 75 to 80 degrees.

Comments: “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Heading for the desert! Will stay in Reno tonight and tomorrow night. I have run 330 miles in 8 days and feel super. Hope nothing goes wrong in the desert. Headed to the casinos tonight but unfortunately, I won’t be able to wine and dine! I have to wake up at 6:00am and run another 40+ miles tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day….!”

 Entering Nevada and the desert – the point of NO RETURN.

Entering Nevada and the desert – the point of NO RETURN.

Day 7 – June 17, 1978.
Miles run = 42.
Finish location – Milford, CA.
Weather – ?

Comments: “Quads feel super – body really becoming adjusted to all the running. However, bad pain in right hip. Ran mostly in desert looking terrain. Running with moped beside me with radio on really helps! We adopted a tiny dog in Litchfield, Ca. We needed him Specs! Will be in Reno tomorrow. After one complete week I have covered approximately 287 miles thus far. Face is really burnt!”

Day 6 – June 16, 1978.
Miles run = 42.
Finish location – Susanville, CA.
Weather – overcast, rainy then sunny afternoon, 50 to 75 degrees.

Comments: “Today was the first day my quads did not hurt me…hopefully, I’m getting use to the beating. Got interviewed again by area newspaper and it was on local radio. Have a minor hip strain but hopefully it will get better. I’m really enjoying myself but as you know it’s no party running 40+ per day!! Should be in Reno on Monday and shortly I’ll be in the ol’ desert. Say hi to all my running friends around the Charles. I think of all of you around noontime.”

 Training at home in a sauna to get acclimated to the 100+ temperatures in the desert.

Training at home in a sauna to get acclimated to the 100+ temperatures in the desert.

Day 5 – June 15, 1978.
Miles run = 41.3.
Finish location – Likely, CA.
Weather – ?.

Comments: “Ran with an Olympic biathlon champion for 10 miles. He was extremely interested in the run. Now the terrain is getting like the desert – hot and you can see for miles. I’m beginning to see mirages!! My companions are really doing a super job. Another day, another 40 miles! I’m still a LONG way from home…but, I’ll get there!”

ACHIEVED MY GOAL AT MT. WASHINGTON!

No, my goal was not a specific time or to even finish the darn thing, it was to finally meet my idol and inspiration, George Etzweiler. 

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I went to the race today JUST TO MEET GEORGE, as I have never personally met him. I wasn’t leaving until I met him and shook his hand. 

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George finished another Mt. Washington Road Race at AGE 98!!! Imagine, participating in this very challenging event and finishing once again at age 98!! He is 35 years older than me and I feel like my participating years are nearing the end for me…and he has 35 years on me! 

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I just can’t imagine doing this for another 35 years. I feel like a slug compared to him. Folks, this man is amazing…way more amazing than any other athlete I have ever met…hands down. I don’t always get too excited about meeting celebs or pro athletes these days but I was totally jacked to meet George.

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Man-o-man…did I say he is 98 and ran up a mountain? 98!!!!!!!!!!! Think of any other 90 year old person you know…could they run up a darn mountain?? I am so inspired by him…I think I’ll go for a 20-mile run right now…up a mountain. 

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DAY 4 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing on with my day-to-day account (mailed one of these cards home every day) of my 1978 Cross America Run from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day…

Day 4 – June 14, 1978.
Miles run = 45.
Finish location – Canby, CA.
Weather – 70 to 80 degrees.

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Comments:  “Stayed the night in a small campsite…we were the only ones there. Lonely but pretty country. I’ve been averaging 7-minute miles and doing about 25 miles in 4 hours in the morning and the last 15 or so real easy in the afternoon. My quads are tight but what do you expect after running 40-miles a day! We are in no-wheres-ville!!

 Phone booth – only way to communicate back home then.  Ran from phone booth to phone booth.

Phone booth – only way to communicate back home then.  Ran from phone booth to phone booth.

 American flag – wore this on my shorts the entire way along with four religious medals my mother gave me, one even blessed by the Pope!

American flag – wore this on my shorts the entire way along with four religious medals my mother gave me, one even blessed by the Pope!

 Pro Specs – my sponsor so I had to wear their shoes, which I had never worn until I took my first step on this run!! They were so stiff that my dad used a saw to cut grooves in the bottom of the shoes so they would bend for me!

Pro Specs – my sponsor so I had to wear their shoes, which I had never worn until I took my first step on this run!! They were so stiff that my dad used a saw to cut grooves in the bottom of the shoes so they would bend for me!

DAY 3 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Continuing on with my day-to-day account (mailed one of these cards home every day) of my 1978 Cross America Run from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day…

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Day 3 – June 13, 1978.
Miles run = 44.
Finish location – Newell, CA.
Weather – 70 degrees.

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Comments:  “Finally, the flat terrain is here! The 1st two days were all mountainous. I ran with a newspaper reporter for 10 miles and he did an article on me in the largest newspaper in southern Oregon – nice picture, too. Called WHDH and other radio stations that asked us to call. Stayed the night at the base of a mountain – was afraid the bears were going to attack us! Feel pretty good!! Dave"

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DAY 2 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

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Yesterday I posted that it was the 40th anniversary of the start of my 1978 run across America.  Many wrote back suggesting I continue posting the summary of each day of that trip including some pictures so I will do so every now and then…here is day 2…

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Day 2 – June 12, 1978.
Miles run = 42.
Finish location – Klamath Falls, OR.
Weather – 75-80 and sunny.

Comments:  “Very mountainous!  Elevation over 5,000 to 6,000 feet!  No blisters, no problems – quadriceps very fatigued!  The guys with me are great – riding the moped beside me and driving the RV.  It’s a long way home!  Tomorrow we will be in California!   Hope you all are doing well.  I’m sure things will be getting very rough soon – keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Dave"

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40TH ANNIVERSARY

Forty years ago today, June 11, 1978, I started off on my 80-day, 3,452-mile run from Medford, OR to Medford, MA. For the first month, I averaged about 43 miles a day and then upped it to over 50 miles a day as I miscalculated the distance using AAA maps and a ruler! Geez, now I am lucky if I can do just one of those days! Every breath seems like a cliffhanger! Guess I should just be happy I’m still waking up every morning. I always thought it would have been more exciting for all of us to be born, go to age 50, then turn around and go back to age zero again – then you get to do every year of your life over again…a second chance at every age instead of just getting older and older!! So cool. Ha.

Looking at a few of these pictures – I started ceremonially in the Kingdome in Seattle during a Red Sox / Seattle Mariners game and then flew down to Medford, OR to begin the run. In the group photo below, I am with the Mayor of Medford, OR, and a few members of the Oregon Sizzlers track club. My crew of Danny Carey, Jeff Donahue, Tom Kinder, and Kent Hawley were lifesavers. At the end of every day, I wrote a postcard and mailed it back to some friends at the Boston YMCA. Each card had the date, day on the road, weather and temperature, miles I ran and location I finished for the day, along with a brief message. No computers, no cell phones, no emails, no texting, no GPS, no nothing. Ran from phone booth to phone booth!

The one below says: “Started about 1:10pm from Medford, Oregon. The Mayor and a few guys from the area track club ran with me for a while. Was interviewed by area TV and newspapers. Only expected to do 20 miles today – very, very hilly and mountainous! Over 5,000 ft. in elevation. Stayed at a campsite for the night. 80 degrees and sunny. Dave"

Ran 30-miles that day and finished in Tub Springs, Rt. 66, Oregon, my shortest day because I started in the afternoon. I only had 3,422 more miles to go! What was I thinking??

I was 23-years-old and very naïve. That’s what probably got me through all this. 

DREAM BIG - SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS

It was a fun and inspiring week talking to students in Falmouth, Medford and North Andover. It was so surreal talking to the kids at the McGlynn Elementary and Middle Schools in Medford, MA since I grew up in Medford myself and ran in track meets at Hormel Stadium right next to the school. Then speaking at my daughter Chloe’s school, the Franklin School in North Andover, was very special, too. It was Fun Run Day at the school where all the kids ran laps around the playground in the morning and I spoke to the entire school, 450 students, later in the afternoon. I was able to donate my book Dream Big to all the kids at each of these schools, distributing over 1,000 donated books with thanks to the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation! It has been so rewarding to speak to over 3,000 kids at areas schools and hospitals since my book came out in March. I may give up my day job and just do this for the rest of my life…ha! My objective is to encourage kids to believe in themselves, “dream big”, set goals and accomplishment things in life. This will give them the critical self-confidence they need which is the foundation by which they will accomplish everything else in their lives.

BANNER #24

The Inaugural MR8K Road Race on Labor Day will finish at center court in the TD Garden. They will be lowering the 23 championship banners to form an arch. Runners will finish running under these 23 banners…or will it now be 24 banners? Need a win tonight to keep that BIG DREAM alive. I was there on center court the other day and not one person was there with me when I took this photo and you could hear a pin drop. I guess a few folks will be there tonight and it might get a little noisy.

What do you think, can they do it tonight???? Go Celtics!! Anything is possible!

MR8K BILLBOARD

This is pretty cool. Driving along the highway in Boston and seeing this MR8K sign on the side of the TD Garden! Wow! Very impressive. The inaugural (5-mile) MR8K, managed by DMSE Sports, will be held at 9am on Monday, Labor Day, September 3, 2018. It will start outside the TD Garden and finish inside under the 23 championship banners on “center ice” to benefit the Martin Richard Foundation!

DMSE PARKING - A DIVISION OF DMSE SPORTS!

DMSE – “PAHKING CAHRS”

I think we can now officially add DMSE Parking to our overall event services thanks to Larry Murphy and about 30 other team DMSE members.   Once again, the team handled all the parking of cars (a few thousand) at the graduation exercises this morning at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA and provided equipment.   Last fall, the team handled parking for Merrimack’s homecoming festivities.  Pretty cool stuff.  Now we can officially say “we pahk cahrs”!!!

JOANIE’S TRACK!

Had the pleasure of attending the dedication of the Joan Benoit Samuelson Track at Freeport High School in Freeport, Maine this afternoon. A well-deserved honor for America’s most loved, respected and admired female marathoner of all time!!  And kudos to Nike for donating $1.3 million to help finance the entire project…wow. Hundreds and thousands of young athletes will now be the beneficiary of this display of unselfish goodwill by Joanie, the local track committee and by Nike.  We all took a lap around the track together after Joanie “cut the ribbon” to officially open up the facility. Pretty inspiring.