Jimmy Fund

DAYS 48-51 — 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 48 — July 28, 1978
Miles run = 47.2.
Finish location – Creston, IA.

Comments: “Found out that another person, Alan Tardy from Florence, Mass., stayed at this motel about one month ago and he was also running across the US from San Francisco to his home. He is supposed to arrive one week from this Saturday and he is doing it alone? Yes, all by himself. Unreal.”

Every day I would walk a final two miles with my cassette recorder and record all the highlights of the day.

Every day I would walk a final two miles with my cassette recorder and record all the highlights of the day.

 

Day 49 — July 29, 1978
Miles run = 52.3.
Finish location – Ottumwa, IA.

Comments: “My longest day so far – 52.3 miles! Just two more days and we’re in Illinois and over the Mississippi!! My brother is flying out and meeting us on Monday, July 31st. That’ll really help me – he’ll be here for about one week.”

Supplements – my team would package up about 30 different dietary supplements that I would take every day. Not sure if they helped but I don’t think they hurt.

Supplements – my team would package up about 30 different dietary supplements that I would take every day. Not sure if they helped but I don’t think they hurt.

Day 50 — July 30, 1978
Miles run = 47.0.
Finish location – Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Comments: “Tomorrow the Mississippi and the EAST!  Glad to get out of Iowa – people beeping at us all across the state and other trying to run us off the road.  Have run 2,167 miles – physically OK – little tired by holding on strong!  Till next time.”

Bath – when I could, I would take a bath in the motor home – maybe 3-4 times a week.

Bath – when I could, I would take a bath in the motor home – maybe 3-4 times a week.

Day 51 — July 31, 1978
Miles run = 50.0.
Finish location – Monmouth, IL.

Comments: “We crossed the Mississippi River today and entered into Illinois, our 8th state.   Physically, I feel OK but I will be glad when it is over.  It is very dangerous out on these roads.  No breakdown lanes so the cars and trucks really challenge us!”

DAYS 43-47 — 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 43 — July 23, 1978
Miles run = 47.1.
Finish location – Exeter, NE.

Comments: “Actually stayed in Friend, Nebraska today. Thought of all you guys as I entered this city. Found out that another kid from Mass is running across the US and stayed at this very motel...unreal!”

Entering Nebraska – cameras not too good in those days!

Entering Nebraska – cameras not too good in those days!

Day 44 — July 24, 1978
Miles run = 48.5.
Finish location – Lincoln, NE.

Comments: “Got interviewed at press conference today. UPI, radio stations, tv, newspapers. Mayor of Lincoln gave me the key to the city and invited me back next year to run in the annual Lincoln, Neb. Marathon...that’s all I need now!”

Mayor of Lincoln presenting me with key to the city.

Mayor of Lincoln presenting me with key to the city.

Day 45 — July 25, 1978
Miles run = 45.2.
Finish location – Plattsmouth, NE.

Comments: “Our last city in Nebraska. Will be crossing the Missouri River tomorrow and in our 7th state – Iowa. Got interviewed by local newspaper again. Hope all these newspapers send copies home so I can show all of you!”

Day 46 — July 26, 1978
Miles run = 47.1.
Finish location – Red Oak, IA.

Comments: “Stayed on a farm today. A couple saw me running and invited us to stay with them on their farm. They had 20 cats, 5 dogs, 3 goats, 3 pigs, 1 pony, 1 rooster, 2 kids and 100 acres of corn in the back yard!! It was nice but I think I was too tired to fully appreciate their hospitality. Anyway, nice to get into another state!”

Making it through Iowa.

Making it through Iowa.

Day 47 — July 27, 1978
Miles run = 47.0.
Finish location – Creston, IA.

Comments: “Iowa is a tough state to run in. The roads are narrow and no shoulders on the roads. People are actually trying to run me over and one truck opened up its door to try to hit me...unreal. Just have to accept it though. It’s not just putting one foot in front of the other, that’s for sure. Miss you all.”

Even though truck tried to run me over, we still kept a positive attitude and had fun with it.

Even though truck tried to run me over, we still kept a positive attitude and had fun with it.

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!

BAA BOSTON MARATHON JAMBOREE / BOSTON MARATHON JIMMY FUND WALK

Exciting day today participating in two Boston Marathon-related events…

Had fun at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston helping out a little with the 2nd Annual BAA Boston Marathon Jamboree. Kids from the area participating in a variety of activities like the high jump, long jump, obstacle course and sprints. The kids were having a blast!

Before that, attended the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Pacesetter Reception in Boston. This year we raised more than $8.7 million dollars from the Walk for the Jimmy Fund…yahoo!! Proud of our DMSE Sports team who handle much of the event logistics and who helped create the event 29 years ago!