Sunday, January 25, 2009


Bart Yasso of Runner's World at the Exposition for the ING Miami Marathon.

ING Miami Marathon
Miami, Florida
Sunday, January 25, 2009

I race walked the ING Miami Marathon in Miami, Florida on Sunday, January 25, 2009. The event has been held for seven years and I have finished the marathon each year. The weather was warm as usual, 64 to 75 degrees, with little wind and mostly sunny skies. The course was completely closed to traffic and the police did an excellent job in controlling cross traffic to ensure everyone’s safety. Water/Gatorade stations were located every mile beginning with mile 3 and were manned by plenty of enthusiastic volunteers. There were many spectators along the route cheering for the competitors. As normal the event was well organized and a pleasure to do.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #7


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #6


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #5


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #4


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #3


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #2


Galvaston, Texas, four months after Hurricane Ike #1


Galvaston, Texas #12


Galvaston, Texas #11


Galvaston, Texas #10


Galvaston, Texas #9


Galvaston, Texas #8


Galvaston, Texas #7


Galvaston, Texas #6


Galvaston, Texas #5


Galvaston, Texas #4


Galvaston, Texas #3


Galvaston, Texas #2


Galvaston, Texas #1


Houston, Texas

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chevron Houston Marathon
Houston, Texas
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009 was a sunny day with gentle breezes and temperature ranging between 59 and 72 degrees that saw me race walk the Chevron Houston Marathon in Houston, Texas. The course was mostly flat with some small inclines and depressions and was completely closed to traffic. The first four miles was somewhat crowded. Water/Gatorade stations were spaced every 1.5 miles and were manned by plenty of enthusiastic volunteers; however, the first 4 stations had a hard time supplying Gatorade to such a large field. Most of the course was lined with numerous spectators that not only cheered for the impressive elite runners but also continued cheering for even the slowest participants. Meb Keflezighi, who was the 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist, won the Half Marathon in 1:01:25. 2008 US Olympic Marathoners, Dathan Ritzenhein and Brian Sell, were second and fifth. Magdalena Boulet, another Olympic Marathoner, lead the Women’s Half Marathon in 1:11:47. The Marathon saw new records as fourth place 2008 Olympic Marathoner, Deriba Merga, blazed the course in 2:07:52 and Teyba Erkesso lead the women with 2:24:18. The $255,000 in prize money attracted a large talented elite field in both races. Another noteworthy performance was accomplished by my friend, Steve Boone. His finish of the Houston Marathon made the 400th marathon that he has finished in his career which began in 1988 when a friend bet him that he could not finish the Houston Marathon. I enjoyed myself even though my finish time was very slow.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Kissimmee, Florida


Disney World, Florida #6


Disney World, Florida #5


Disney World, Florida #4


Disney World, Florida #3


Disney World, Florida #2


Disney World, Florida #1

Disney World Goofy Challenge
Disney World Half Marathon
Saturday, January 10, 2009
and
Disney World Marathon
Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Disney World Goofy Challenge has been in existence for four years and I have race-walked the event each year. The Goofy Challenge consists of completing the Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday, January 10, 2009 and the Disney World Marathon on Sunday, January 11, 2009. I received three finisher's medals --- a Donald Medal for completing the Half Marathon, a Mickey Medal for completing the Marathon, and a Goofy medal for completing the challenge of doing both. I love doing races at Disney World. Their races are better organized than any other race. The courses are never opened to traffic. Water/Powerade stations are located every 2 miles for the first part of a race, then every mile for the second part. Spectators are everywhere and cheer for everyone. The course goes through the Theme Parks as much as possible and uses the Disney connecting roads for the rest of the course. This is the eighth consecutive year that I did the Marathon. The 2002 event was the first Marathon I ever race-walked.
There was a very large amount of Team in Training participants from the Keys and South Florida who successfully completed their event and I wish to offer congratulations to them for their accomplishment and raising so much money for charity. The Disney Marathon Weekend raises many millions of dollars for charities.
The Disney event is designed to be fun for all. There is no prize money for elite athletes. I enjoyed myself completely as always.

Monday, January 05, 2009


Ft. Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida #3


Ft. Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida #2


Ft. Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida #1


Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola, Florida


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #11


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #10


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #9


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #8


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #7


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #6


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #5


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #4


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #3


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #2


National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida #1


Mobile, Alabama #4


Mobile, Alabama #3


Mobile, Alabama #2


Mobile, Alabama #1


Jackson, Mississippi #10


Jackson, Mississippi #9


Jackson, Mississippi #8