Well runners, we are in November and Thanksgiving is upon us. This year will be much different since there will be no in-person Turkey Trot running races. Virtual, yes, but it's not the same. I always look forward to the Turkey Trot race each year, socializing after and then later enjoying a nice Thanksgiving meal. Yes it will be much different this year.
The election is finally over and what a week it was. I waited to release this episode while the events of last week all passed. No matter who your candidate may have been, I hope that now we can all move forward together in a positive way.
Vince Varallo is my guest this episode. In December of 2016 Vince, who trains mostly alone, posted on the Boston Marathon Facebook page looking for others to virtually train with for Boston and to get tips, suggestions and share experiences. He then started Boston Buddies Run Club Facebook Page with four people, and today there are 11,400+ members that actively participate. You do not need to run Boston to be a part of the Boston Buddies Run Club.
On October 21st, an event that Vince organized, The Great American Relay, finished at the Santa Monica Pier in California. It started in Boston on September 15th. The relay ran through 15 states with 379 stages each ranging from 5-22 mile, most averaging 10. The event was a huge success as you can see on the very interactive Facebook page.
Vince and his group organized some other creative and fun virtual challenges. You will enjoy this episode.
I'd also like to congratulate Chris Nikic who made history last Saturday by being the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Panama City Beach Ironman. What an accomplishment and what a fine young man. Chris...you are a Ironman. And a shout out to my friend Coach Ashley McKenney who also finished the Ironman last Saturday.
Be well and be safe runners. Wear your mask in public. Please be kind and courteous to others and share our love of the sport of running running! And as Vince Varallo says, "Running isn't Cancelled!"
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