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13
Aug

Running Marathon 43 of 63 in Louisville, KY

Just 20 more consecutive marathons to go!!

We’re in Louisville, Kentucky running Marathon 43 of 63. This blog introduces you to the Erskine Family and Emily’s good friends who ran with Tim the last couple miles.

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12
Aug

With the Congresswoman in Cincinnati Maraton 42 of 63

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt joined Tim for the entire marathon run Cincinnati, Ohio on Day 42 of 63. Today we remember Danny Kyle and hear from his mom.
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10
Aug

Marathon 40 of 63 in Fairborn, Ohio

9
Aug

New Record Run on the A-T CureTour Day 39 of 63

Five weeks in and Tim is feeling good. The weather is cool and rainy today in Mansfield, Ohio, but the route is flat. Tim cranked out today’s run in just over four hours, clocking a 4:06. He’s feeling great and looking forward to the next stop in Fairborn, Ohio.

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8
Aug

FEAT 63 Marathons in 63 Days- Day 38 of 63

63 Marathons in 63 Days…hitting the roads outside PIttsburgh, PA on Day 38 of 63.
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8
Aug

Reliving the FEAT Marathon 37 of 63

Police escorts, the Mayor, hundreds of schoolchildren and marching bands took part in marathon 37 of 63 in Westlake, Ohio. What a reception! Buy your DVD today at http://www.featmovie.com/store.html

8
Aug

Forrest Gump Runs Marathon 36 of 63

This is what happens when the filmmakers entrust the videotaping to Mike-On-A-Bike. Forrest Gump makes an appearance on Day 36 of 63 as the filmmakers stay in Lemont to film with the Wood Family for a couple of days. Buy your DVD today at: http://www.featmovie.com/store.html

5
Aug

Surviving the 2007 Chicago Marathon on Day 35 of 63


Much like the heat rising from the baking pavement, the 2007 Chicago Marathon is a blur. Temps hit a 107-year high the day before our arrival, so you’d think we would have anticipated what might happen. Again, I blame our exhaustion for our lack of foresight.

We were up before dawn, carpooling downtown to avoid congestion headaches that come with an estimated 1.5 million spectators and 45,000 marathoners. No stroller for Tim today, but to carry on the symbolism we prepped the child carrier backpack. Up to this point, we didn’t print the marathon number and location on the banner, so I made quick work with a Sharpie. Hundreds of thousands of eyeballs were going to be on this 6 foot four crazy runner wearing a backpack, so we need something telling them what we was up to. He’s running his 35th consecutive marathon people!

We hung with Tim for a little bit in the starting corral. It was hilarious listening to people’s comments and questions. There were a lot of folks running their first marathon and a number who had run several, but none of them could fathom running consecutive marathons, let alone 63 marathons in 63 days. We gave Tim and his running partners Matt Bishop and Greg Jehlik a small handheld camera since we wouldn’t be able to track him on the course. Our plan was to take the L-Train to various points along the route in hopes of catching shots of them as they ran by.

As the race started, temps were in the high 70’s and the humidity was on the rise. As soon as we got shots of the race starting, we headed to the closest train stop along with a few hundred of our closest spectator friends. Sweaty, tired, and ornery we waited and waited and waited eventually hauling our gear onto the train anxious to make our way to mile 8 on the route. By the time we clamored through the crowds, 90 minutes had passed and the heat index inched into the danger zone. Of course we didn’t fully recognize it and I dare say hundreds of runners didn’t either. We grabbed a few shots at mile 8, noting many of the runners looked a lot more taxed than you would expect for being so early in the race. We decided to head back to the finish rather than searching for a needle in a haystack. Besides, they had a camera and if anything big happened story-wise they would be able to get some footage.

We waded through hot, sticky, ornery, impatient spectators and carved out a spot 200 yards from the finish line where we could see runners coming down the final stretch. It was now 4 hours into the marathon and rumors were circulating that the race had been called off. That was confusing. People are still running? The clock is still going? Between the cowbells and cheers you would hear distant and at times the close sound of sirens. An occasional helicopter would buzz by. In a matter of minutes, it seemed as though the sirens and helicopters quadrupled. Looking down the long mile you could pick out a couple of runners who were slowly weaving from side to side, their stride getting shorter and shorter on the verge of collapse. This was happening all along the route. First responders couldn’t keep up with the calls for downed runners, water stations were running dry and confusion took over the course when race officials decided to cancel the marathon fours hours in.

Where was Tim? Did we miss him? Was he forced to stop? Then, ever so rhythmically cresting the distant vantage point of our straining vision we spotted the awkward rectangular tick-tock motion of his backpack. Grinning wide, with a spring to his step Tim veered over to our side of the road laughing and celebrating his final yards to the finish line. Alongside him the entire 26.2 is Greg Jehlik, a Chicago Marathon veteran and father to A-T young adult Jeff Kummer. When he felt he couldn’t take another step, he kept his eyes on the tick-tock of that banner bearing Jeff’s name and he kept on going to the finish.

Tim and Greg completed the 2007 Chicago Marathon in a time of 4 hours 16 minutes- the fastest marathon Tim has yet run on the A-T CureTour.

So the camera we sent with Tim and company is now referred to as the “Crumb Cam.” You see, it was put in Tim’s backpack along with some scones in a zip lock bag. Turns out that bag wasn’t zipped and those scones were crushed to oblivion and decorated the camera inside and out. Crumbs got in the grooves around the lens, inside the tape compartment and everywhere inbetween. The filmmakers had fun with compressed air and paperclips that night.

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5
Aug

Rise and Shine in Jenison, MI Day 34 of 63

Tim was in a deep sleep when the RV arrived at the starting point for marathon 34 of 63 in Zeeland, Michigan. Let’s just say we didn’t fully comprehend the memo telling us we were part of the “Pumpkin Run.” That, or we can blame it on our exhaustion and resulting short-term memory loss. When Tim opened the RV door wiping eye boogers from his face, he wasn’t expecting a golf cart escort and dozens of A-T CureTour t-shirt clad runners waiting for him. Dave and Mary Veldink along with their girls Abby, Kate and Olivia are responsible for the incredible show of support. I think the entire town of Jenison and a good number of people from the surrounding communities took part in today’s events.
More than 20 runners joined Tim on the first few miles of the run. Kate and Olivia were pushed in the racing strollers. Everybody kept pace together and both girls ran across the 8K finish line to the cheers of everyone within earshot. Congressman Pete Hoekstra has shown his support for A-T the last several years running marathons for the cause. When asked what Congress can do to further A-T research, Hoekstra replied, ““One of the things we’re trying to do through the National Institutes of Health is get attention paid to these diseases because not a lot of people talk about it because there’s not a lot of people that know about it. But what we found is that the research that goes on with A-T can have a benefit for a lot of other diseases because it is so unique and every time they make a step forward, it has multiple applications. So what we’re doing as much as we can with my buddies in Congress is to say hey, let’s get some money here.” All that running must have him in pretty good shape, because he wasn’t breathing too heavily as we interviewed on the run!
Pumpkin Run done and there are many miles to go along country roads between Zeeland and Jenison. What better escort on country road, than a classic Farmall Tractor? You’ll catch glimpses of it on today’s “Relive the Feat” video blog. Hands down it totally wins the most unique CureTour transportation device. It pulled a hay wagon decorated with American flags and ATCP banners. As runners got tired they’d jump on the wagon, eat a banana or sip some water. It was really ingenious. The closer we got to the tailgate location at Jenison High School, the more the energy built.

As Tim ran down the ramp onto the track, the crowd welcomed him and Kate with thunderous bam-bam stick applause. Music blared, excited spectators rimmed the inside of the track awestruck as this man seemed to effortlessly run the final few laps of his 34th consecutive marathon. Tim has said he often felt like was floating those last few miles. It’s powerful to witness what compassion for one’s neighbors can accomplish.

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3
Aug

Loving Lemont on Day 33 of 63

We say farewell to Freedom, Wisconsin and head south to Lemont, Illinois just west of Chicago. Today we visit the Wood Family. John & Marcia along with their daughter Alyssa and her four siblings are one of the three families featured in “FEAT: 63 Marathons in 63 Days.”

Jeff Kummer, Courtney Levin, Alyssa Wood with Tim on Day 33 of 63. (Courtesy Meagan Livergood)

The Wood Family and Alyssa are sort of local celebrities in this quaint community of 14,000. So when the A-T CureTour came to town, the town showed up! Marcia, John and their volunteers organized an amazing tailgate party that included Disney Radio, mascots, auction items, pig roast, face painting…the list goes on. Dozens of people joined Tim on the Fun Run as did Jeff Kummer and Courtney Levin.

Hope you enjoy today’s video blog!

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