Good news, bad news. Good news: The Salt Lake Bees are so excited to have my treadmill run done that they wish to make it large extravaganza. The Bad News: In order to do so, the event will have to be postponed. Stay tuned!
Baseball games have, for many years, been criticized for being too long. I have always been a defender of the length of the game simply because baseball is the exact opposite of running. There is absolutely no clock in baseball. It is a quintessentially American game meant to be enjoyed for as long as the boys of summer keep the score tied. I mean, who wants to rush summer, right? Well, I can only hope the Salt Lake Bees and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox keep up that leisurely pace on August 31st. Why?
On Wednesday August 31st at 6:35 PM, as soon as the first pitch is thrown, I will begin running on a treadmill in Spring Mobile Ballpark. I hope to cover a marathon distance of 26.2 miles before the final out of the game. With game times ranging from 2:17 minutes to 3:47 minutes just in the month of August alone, it is indeed going to be a challenge for me. Throw in the fact that I will have just finished the Mesa Falls Marathon three days prior in Idaho and I have my work cut out.
In addition, I have never once more than 10 miles on a treadmill in my life and I am pretty sure that might be an overestimation as well.
So there are going to be plenty of variables as I take to the treadmill in less than three weeks. The rest of the plans are being worked out with regards to what will happen if I am able to beat the game and how fans can get involved. We hope to have a web-feed with a live streaming camera so people can follow the action but if you are in the greater SLC area, please come down and cheer me on.
Hope to see you there!