Thursday November1st I head off to the Big Apple for the New York City Marathon. Race officials and the Mayor have all given the heads up and the marathon is a go just days after Huricane Sandy slamed into the New York metropolitan area and wrecked devastion in New York and New Jersey. I fly into Laguardia airport that had just opened that morning. They did a great cleanup job because you would have never known parts of the airport grounds were under water two days before. I caught a bus to the Subway at Astoria station and took it to into Manhattan. Walking across Manhattan was pretty normal except Central Park which was closed because of so many falling trees. I walk by the New York Athletic Club on central park south and I see the dangling crane two blocks away from the club. All the streets around it are closed off. I finally get to the press tent which is located where Traven on the Green existed at 67th and Central Park west.
Gary Morgan's World
- 1988 USA Olympian in the 20k Walk
- Won 17 National Championships from 1985-2000
- Distances from 5k to 40k
- Competed in 6 Olympic Trials from 1984-2004 in the 20k and 50k events.
- 1988 Olympic Trials 1st, 1992 Olympic Trials 2nd, 1996 Olympic trials 3rd, 20k Walks
- Competed on 17 National USA teams in Race walking, Olympics, Pan Am games, World Cup and various other teams
- Carried the Olympic Torch in 1996 and 2002
- New York Athletic Club's Athlete of the year in 1997
- Ran a 2:35:40 Marathon in 1981 before I got into race walking.
- I've run or walked over 60 marathons, that includes, New York, Boston, Chicago, Kilimanjaro, & Antarctica
- I've run the Comrades ultra Marathon [56miles] in South Africa, 2009 & 2010
- I've been a pacer for 20 marathons
- I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's Highest Mountain in 2006
- I've been to 7 Olympics, competing, volunteering, or doing media work.
- I've been to 38 other countries, and all 50 states.
- I'm currently the Athlete Advisory Committee- USOC representative alternate, For USA Track & Field. 2008- present
- Various other positions in USA track and Field.
- Road Runners Club of America State representative from Michigan 2005- present
- Currently a videographer and writer for Michigan runner
- World traveler
The 35th edition of the Detroit Free Press International Marathon is set to run again. Friday at noon I come down to Cobo Hall for the Expo to help setup the Ann Arbor Track Clubs Booth with Doug Goodhue to promote the 40th running of the Dexter to Ann Arbor run, June 2nd, 2013.
Another hiatius from my weekly adventure series as I needed a little rest after the London Olympics. Art Mccafferty has kept me busy filmimg some local events as well as being on race committees in the area. I also have recovered enough to have started running again. I'm like a timex watch, I take a lik'in and keep on tikin. I ran the Howell Mellon festival 5k the first weekend I was home and it felt good to run a race again. I was filmimg the inagural Cruise and Shoes race in Royal Oak. Then the Crim Festival of races kept me busy the next Saturday filming for the Michigan runner. It was great to see Geena Gull run the mile and support her roots here in Michigan. Sunday I went to the Merrell Down and Dirty race at Kensington metro park. Running 10k through trails and jumping over obstacles along with crawling through mud was a real challenge as I just started running two weeks ago. Above all else it was fun. Everyone has to try a mud run at least once. You won't forget it.
Mr. Ubiquitous, aka Gary Morgan, reports: Thursday evening I went to the Detroit Free Press Marathon Volunteer party at the Motor City Casino. It was the second year they had it here and it's a great venue. The party was in the Sound Room where they have concerts and events. The food was great. They gave out some volunteer awards then showed a video of the marathon from setup to tear down and everything in between. It was fun to watch. Dancing mingled with conversation for the rest of the evening. It was fun time for all the volunteers who are shown that they are appreciated by the marathon. I'm looking forward to next year.