Sam's Blog
Read as Sam shares his feelings and experiences while completing the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days!
Back to Bay Saint Louis, MS!
We woke extra early today, and as I sat sipping coffee in the dark, it was really hard to fathom that today would be the last marathon of this trek. We got it all together though and made our way to the start which was at the MS welcome center (what an appropriate starting line!) just south of I-10. We arrived to see an amazing crew of people out there to cheer me on, see me off, and even run with me! Friends from Vicksburg, from my home church there, from Jackson, from Rhodes, from Bay St. Louis, and a few extras from here and there too. It was humbling to see such a crowd out there at 6am just to see me off. We had a great police escort the entire way- one car in front, one behind, plus a whole slough of support vehicles trailing along. The big BSL church truck was decked out with posterboard signs and streamers, and it was so great seeing such supportive people all along the way. At about the halfway point, we turned onto the Beach Blvd. and cruised on that for most of the second half. Just after the turn, I noticed two very familiar looking ladies on the right, and realized quickly that it was my Grandma and my Aunt Helen! They had surprised me with a trip all the way from their homes on the West Coast- WOW! I could hardly believe it! We just kept trucking along, not going for any speed records today, but just having a good time. We went through downtown Bay Saint Louis around mile 21, and there was an awesome crowd on both sides of the street cheering me on, which made it hard to leave them and crank out the last few miles, but wow what a feeling to see all these wonderful folks out. The last loop of miles went by quickly, and just as we turned onto Main St for the last stretch, Kirsten and I pulled away from the pack a little bit and went the last leg together. As we got closer I saw a huge mass of something at the end of the road by the beach, and as we got closer I finally realized it was a massive crowd of people at the finish line. The end was a blur, but I remember seeing wonderful signs like, "Welcome home Sam" and "BSL loves Sam" and things like that amidst near deafening cheers from all around. I crossed the finish line of this marathon of marathons, and was surrounded by friends and family from all over the place- it couldn't have been better. The mayor, Eddie Favre made a really nice presentation from the city, and I did my best to talk to as many people as I possibly could, but I know I wasn't able to talk with everyone unfortunately. It was all really very difficult to process- the idea of this being truly the last marathon of this adventure, but I couldn't have asked for better people around me at the end. We all went back to the church afterwards where we had a wonderful lunch and relaxed a bit. We eventually made our way back to New Orleans in the afternoon where we continued to relax and later had another wonderful celebratory meal. It was truly a perfect last day to this event. On Sunday Kirsten and I flew up o New York (starting to get deja vu coming to New York again), and will be on the Early Show on CBS tomorrow morning. Thank you all so very much for your wonderful support, prayers, and encouragement over the past 2 months- I could not have done it without you all! Please continue to keep the people of the Gulf Coast in your hearts and minds even now that this marathon journey has ended, and I hope this finds you and all your families well. Also, I will update the blog in the coming weeks as any other things happen, more upcoming media, etc. THANK YOU!!!!
2006-08-21 02:43:56 GMT
Comments (24 total)
Author:Anonymous
Sam - there is nothing I can write here except AMEN BROTHER! You made it by "finding a way" to get to the end. But you know it's not over yet. There is still more to be done on the coast but because of you more will be accomplished. Thanks.
--Eustis C.
<mailto:eustis_corrigan@yahoo.com>
2006-08-21 03:21:47 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Congratulations! Thank you for putting yourself out there, for giving of yourself in a most real way to raise awareness and needed funds. You are an inspiration.
--peg spencer
<http://pegspot.blogspot.com>
2006-08-21 03:33:42 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Congratulations! What an amazing and inspirational feat! Bless you>

Beth Roberts, OPMH
2006-08-21 11:05:54 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Congrats Sam! I'm still amazed by both the athletic feat, and your dedication to the humanitarian mission. It was truly a privilege to run with you when you were here in Wilmington, and to be just a small part of what you're doing.
--Ron
2006-08-21 12:25:01 GMT
Author:Anonymous
What a finish! It was a great day for the coast and your team. It was great to see you all finish and return home. Hope you all get a good rest. See you in the Bay.
Dick & Judy
2006-08-21 12:29:08 GMT
Author:Anonymous
What a fantastic thing to do for the people affected by Katrina. Just great. I'm interested to know what kind of effects the 50in50in50 has had on your health...
--Jennifer
2006-08-21 12:37:56 GMT
Author:Anonymous
AMEN. AMEN. AMEN. Aunt Lea (and you both looked great on the Early Show...hope that you got to meet Spike Lee.....maybe something great will come from that possible meeting. )
2006-08-21 13:41:50 GMT
Author:Anonymous
To Sam & Kirsten --
Uncle Howard and I watched you on CBS this morning. We are very proud of you. Are you going to be on any more national coverage? We knew your grandma and aunt were going to be at your last run to surprise you. We are so glad they could be there.
Love, Aunt "Freddie"

2006-08-21 14:06:39 GMT
Author:Anonymous
To Sam & Kirsten --
Uncle Howard and I watched you on CBS this morning. We are very proud of you. Are you going to be on any more national coverage? We knew your grandma and aunt were going to be at your last run to surprise you. We are so glad they could be there.
Love, Aunt "Freddie"

2006-08-21 14:08:12 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I heard about this late, but have been following Sam's blogs for the last few days. This morning I sent $51 to the church's Hurricane Relief Operation (check out the donate link folks).

I'd like to encourage and challenge everyone else reading this to do the same. Make sure that Sam's tremendous feat of courage and stamina makes a tremendous difference!
2006-08-21 14:11:54 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Sam,
It was a privilege to run with you in Bay St. Louis. I am really moved by your determination to complete such a task for such a great cause. May God bless your future endeavors. If you stay on the coast for a while, let me know. My wife Lucy and I would like to come down and volunteer one weekend. Thanks again for what you have done! Daniel from Hattiesburg
--Daniel Jussely
<mailto:djussely@comcast.net>
2006-08-21 14:52:23 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Sam,
Congrats to you and the team! I followed your entire journey - AMAZING!
2006-08-21 17:58:57 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Awesome achievement Sam. Congrats to you and your team, great job getting the word out.
2006-08-21 18:54:03 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Sam and the whole 50 in 50 in 50 group:
Congratulations on an amazing athletic and social achievement. Your efforts in raising awareness and funding for the folks affected by Hurricane Katrina as well the inspiration to get out and go the distance is wonderful. It was a honor to have met and run with you in Minneapolis and realize that I was one very small part of such a wonderful journey. Congratulations and best to all of you in the goals that future years bring.
--Tim Wilt
<mailto:tim.wilt@med.va.gov>
2006-08-21 19:09:16 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Great interview on the CBS Early Show! It was good to see Kirsten honored for her contribution too. Enjoy those 50 naps!
-- Cousin Mark, Betty and Mr. Whitney
2006-08-22 00:07:26 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Congrats & great job

--Kerry
<http://www.GetGraced.org>
2006-08-22 02:19:21 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Extremely proud to say I know you, man.
--Kirk Gipson
<mailto:kirkgipson@yahoo.com>
2006-08-22 02:43:20 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Well done! You are my hero. Bless you.
--Maria
<mailto:peacerunner@sbcglobal.net>
2006-08-22 03:05:34 GMT
Author:Anonymous
HEY SAM, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WE HAVE FOLLOWED YOUR 50 IN 50 EVERYDAY AND WE ARE AMAZED BY YOUR ENDURANCE. BUT WE KNOW YOUR DEDICATION IN TRYING TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM THE AFTER EFFECTS OF KATRINA. YOU HAVE USED YOUR GOD GIVEN TALENT IN A MOST WONDERFUL WAY! PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF A GOOD REST! BLESS YOU,
--Sue &amp; Chris Rudolph
<mailto:suru@cfl.rr.com>
2006-08-23 00:50:42 GMT
Author:Anonymous
You are truly a role model and hero to many of us - thank you for choosing this path (of fitness) to demonstrate your dedication and love for the people affected by Katrina; and congratulations on your incredible amazing and inspiring achievement of running 50 marathons in 50 states - from the hearts and souls of America, we love you!
--David Bluestein
<mailto:marathonman@bluestein.us>
2006-08-23 14:32:13 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Yay! Congratulations Sam. I got teary-eyed reading this last entry. What an awesome way to bring attention back to the Gulf Coast. Can't wait to (hopefully) see you and Kirst soon in Seattle.
love, claire
2006-08-23 21:35:48 GMT
Author:Anonymous
What you did was amazing! You're amazing! As you were running down beach blvd. I wonder if you noticed the little school, Our Lady Academy. I'm so honored that you ran past it while I was in it!
You are awsome.
--sarah of bsl
<mailto:thesarahone@gmail.com>
2006-08-23 23:19:34 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I've been a volunteer in Bay St. Louis since last May, and I plan to be there until November. I volunteer at St. Rose de Lima Church!! I just heard of this amazing feat today...I'm sad I wasn't there to see you guys finish! Thanks for doing this Sam (and the whole team). It's great to know people are still remembering the Coast! ~ Amy (Buffalo, NY)
2006-08-25 21:09:28 GMT
Author:Anonymous
SAM: Congratulations, I am afreind of Dr. Anderson in New York and a runner myself. Never more than 13 miles, I'm thinking 1,000 is a bit much. Anyway, hoping to meet some day, if you come to see her in Ellicotville, NY. NAMESTE, Bryan
--Bryan Fowler
<mailto:bryanfowler_ski@yahoo,com>
2006-08-27 15:25:24 GMT

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