Sam's Blog
Read as Sam shares his feelings and experiences while completing the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days!
ING Georgia Marathon!
Today was a wonderful day in Atlanta!  After a great sleep we made our way over to the starting line at a park near Underground Atlanta, and there was a HUGE crowd there already waiting for us at 6am in the morning!  We were going to be the first crowd to run the brand new ING course, which will have its first official inaugural race this coming March, and what a crowd to do it!  Dean Karnazes had braved his way through the Atlanta airport security nightmare, and it was fantastic to have him there today.  Having never actually met Dean face to face before, it was great to finally connect with him, and we really had a great time getting to know each other, exchanging stories, and just enjoying the beautiful weather we were blessed with today and the awesome course we got to run all through the city.  Several folks from Big Peach Running Co. came out to run the whole thing as well, and I don't think we would've made it without them.  The race director Victoria graciously led us through the course also, which made things pretty seamless.   My good friend Daniel drove over from Birmingham to run with us and ran really strong- so fun to have him along for the ride! Another good friend Ben drove yet another sagwagon today as our caravan toured the city, and it was great!  I couldn't have asked for better weather, better support, a better course, or better folks to run with- it was a phenomenal day!  We went back and went through our usual post-run routine and were off for a great lunch with friends before we hit the road for Tallahassee, FL.  We've now made it here safely and are staying with friends from Vicksburg who moved here several years ago.  Tomorrow will be another 6am start here to beat the heat, and should be a lot of fun!  Thank you to everyone that came out today and helped and ran and made today a great one- you're the best!
2006-08-12 01:12:07 GMT
Comments (6 total)
Author:Anonymous
where will you be running in ATL? and when?
2006-08-12 01:21:43 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Great job, dude!! But Fargo and Minneapolis will be surprised to see their marathons have been rescheduled!! ;-))
--Sorefeet
2006-08-12 02:49:26 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Hi Sam ~
Saw you on CNN Pipeline (via AOL) this evening. What you're doing is just fantastic! You are giving so much of your mind, body and spirit. You are an inspiration and a true hero. Thank you for giving those who have been forgotten, a voice.




--Pamela
<mailto:pamgm2000@yahoo.com>
2006-08-12 04:48:49 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Hi Sam ~
Saw you on CNN Pipeline (via AOL) this evening. What you're doing is just fantastic! You are giving so much of your mind, body and spirit. You are an inspiration and a true hero. Thank you for giving those who have been forgotten, a voice.




--Pamela
<mailto:pamgm2000@yahoo.com>
2006-08-12 04:50:02 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Hey Sam,
This is Rogers, from Rhodes. You are absolutely amazing for doing this. I will try to make it to Memphis Monday to see you at that run. Good luck man with everything!
2006-08-12 20:51:31 GMT
Author:Anonymous
In 50 states a marathon
In 50 days that he was gone
Throw in DC and when he was done
He'd actually run 51
A run for others by a man devout
Was what Sam's mission was all about
to rebuild the Gulf Coast and his home state
and lives Katrina did devastate
As Sam pursued his daunting quest
He brought out people North, South, East, West
We watched in awe at what 1 man could do
And began to think perhaps we can too
each of us in our own way
when joined together might save the day
and help Gulf Coast's reconstruction
recovering lives from hurricane destruction
One step at a time Sam knows so well
Can achieve a goal, can ring the bell
to set off celebration
of Sam's great run throughout this nation
Of the Great Run we'll all talk
Of the Great Run we'll all read
But Sam would soon remind us
Of the Gulf Coast's greater need
It's there first his heart is
and not in his running deed
So as this story's told
to one and then another
May we keep pace with Sam
To help all Katrina victims recover

--Newton Baker-Vermont
<mailto:Bakersf@Verizon.net>
2006-08-16 22:55:41 GMT

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