The Marathon and the Masters
One of my first experiences with the Eisenhower Marathon held south of Abilene along Kansas Highway 15 and through Brown’s Park was in April of 2009. While Daniel Craig was winning his first of four marathons, we were moving from our home on Jayhawk to the house we built on Haven Drive.
Yep, it was smack dab in the heart of the Eisenhower Marathon, very near Brown’s Park.
I recalled watching Craig from my deck chase the patrol car thinking “he could run 25 miles and if I challenged him the last mile, with me fresh and only running that single mile, he’d still beat me.” Maybe back in high school I could run a six minute mile but never since.
Living within the marathon route is really a hassle for all of us, as well as businesses along the route.
There is no way we could have moved into a new home along the route this year as the course was apparently closed. Volunteers had a difficult time getting water into Brown’s Park. Also, with the change in course, the roads in the park were very congested.
Because of the new course, runners didn’t spread out as much. Trying to drive a moving van along with all the runners would not have been possible this year.
We homeowners have jobs and lives, too.
But most of us are here are willing to put up with the inconvenience for one morning a year because of the nice things the Marathon does for the community.
Hopefully, the new course can be tweaked next year to keep it in Abilene.
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With that said, I’ll take a change of course, so to speak.
Apologies to Abbott and Costello and their “Who’s On First?” skit.
Gary Guccione, executive director of the National Greyhound Association, sent us this parody of an interview with former Master’s champ Nick Faldo and CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz prior to the tournament.
It’s best if read aloud.
JIM NANTZ: Well, Nick Faldo, it’s going to be a great Master’s Tournament. Who did you see capturing this year’s green jacket?
NANTZ: I said, who do you think will win this year’s Masters?
NANTZ: I said...
FALDO: No, I think John Huh has a good chance of winning.
NANTZ: Oh, I get it. Do you think Tiger has a chance to finish second?
NANTZ: Why not?
FALDO: No, no. I think Kevin Na could be the runner-up this year.
NANTZ: And what about third?
FALDO: Weir third.
NANTZ: Now Nick, how do you and I finish third? We’re not even in the tournament!
FALDO: No Jim. I mean Mike Weir. I think Weir could finish third.
NANTZ: Nick, this interview isn’t going so well. I think what we have here is a failure to communicate....!
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