Mr. Ubiquitous, aka Gary Morgan, reports: No rest for the weary as I get home from Colorado Tuesday and get back on the road to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning. It's a quick 6 hour drive to the city 90 miles north of Chicago-- considering it's almost 400 miles from the Detroit area. Milwaukee is beautiful city on Lake Michigan with a large German population along with other ethnic groups. It's always been famous as the beer capital of America which isn't the case now but it's still one of the largest beer-making cities in the USA. The most famous event in Milwaukee is Summerfest, an eleven day music festival. I'm in town to be a pacer for the 31st annual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.
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
Mr. Ubiquitous, aka Gary Morgan, reports: Thursday comes around pretty quickly when I just got home from Chicago late Sunday night. I catch the early morning flight to Denver and as the plane is getting ready to land I see the Rocky Mountains in the distance and I think it's great to be in Colorado again. I love being around the mountains because they reach up into the heavens and the air always seems a little crisper and fresher when you breathe it.
Mr. Ubiquitous - Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Kensington, Chicago: It was another busy week for me. It started Tuesday by Volunteering at the Bernie Smilovitz Harvest Classic Golf outing at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield. The Gleaner Food Bank was the recipient of this event. They are a great organization that provides food for needy individuals and families throughout Southeast Michigan. They also have a nutrituion program to help people make good food choices.
Gary Morgan reports: The Big bird took off at noon for Daegu, South Korea. I was thrilled at going to my 4th World Championship. 14 hours later it lands in Seoul and there was host of volunteers welcoming everyone to South Korea. Two hours later caught the plane to Daegu for a quick one hour flight. Land in Daegu and the airport has a huge greeting crowd with a banner welcoming everyone on the plane. They put me on a media bus to the Stadium so I can get my credentials. It was a late night but I wanted the credentials so I could have access to the marathon route and athletes the next morning. I got them, caught a cab to the hotel and called it a night after almost 24 hours of traveling. It was worth it because I was in South Korea again after a 23 year absence. In 1988 I was an athlete at the Seoul Olympics and not a reporter. Now, I'm on the other side of the fence and loving it.
Mr. Ubiquitous, aka Gary Morgan, reports:I rediscovered Michigan from top to bottom this week. It's not like I had undiscovered it; I just found more cool places to go here and notice how beautiful and wonderful this state is. Tuesday I went to River Up Kick Off Day at Island Park in Ann Arbor on the Huron River. This is a fantastic plan to make the Huron River navigational for canoes and kayaks from Milford to Lake Eire-- a 104 mile stretch of water. Some portage stops along the dams have to be reconstructed and new paths created along the river. We took a tour of the Superior Dam and saw how they are planning to fix up the portage stop there. Then we went to the old Ford plant in Ypsilanti on I-94 and saw how they want to build a floating walkway under the freeway to connect bike and walking paths on both sides of the freeway. At the Island Park Pavilion Congressman John Dingell spoke along with the Mayor of Ann Arbor and other dignitaries. Then some kids who were paddling on the river stopped and told us about canoeing on the Huron for the day. Makes me want to go and paddle on the Huron soon. Many groups are involved in making this happen. They are the Wolfpack action group, Michigan League of Conservation voters, Huron River Watershed Council, and the National Wildlife Federation.