Congratulations to all who participated in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon on Sunday: the runners, walkers, pacers and cheerleaders. In the newsletter this week, read a couple blurbs about the marathon from different perspectives (MUST read – Honor. Remember. Celebrate.); crawling for a bear claw; and more about the BMI. Plus, details of upcoming events.
I will be out of town this Saturday. Otto is in charge. Catch you all the following week.
Honor. Remember. Celebrate.
The Columbus Marathon is not your ordinary marathon. It’s not just about running—or walking—the distance. It’s not just about challenging yourself to do something crazy hard, or accomplishing a big, hairy, audacious goal. It’s not even just about Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of race proceeds. It’s about so much more. It’s about the children (and their families) who receive expert medical treatment at Nationwide Children’s, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States. The race organizers take care to make it special—and make it personal—by recognizing at every mile marker specific patients of Nationwide Children’s. The child and family honored at their Mile are out on the course to cheer as the runners and walkers go by. Two years ago, when I did the back half of the marathon with Emily, I experienced how each mile is made special by seeing these children. It is inspiring, and you know exactly why you are out there. Seeing these young heroes…well, there is NO WAY you want to give up!
As if that weren’t emotional enough, the Marathon dedicates Mile 11 as the “Angel Mile” to honor, remember and celebrate the Angels who are no longer with us. Those families, along with some current patients, are present along Mile 11. Maureen Redovan’s granddaughter, Campbell, is a patient of Nationwide Children’s and was one of those honorees. She and her family were there to cheer on the participants and Maureen invited us to join them. It was a treat to spend time with Campbell. She is an adorable combination of charming and shy who, as I observed, laughs easily and often at her grandmother’s antics. Maureen remarked later how she was unexpectedly touched by the event, her first as a spectator:
“We are so thankful to be able to participate in such a great event. Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is so special to our family. Without them, we wouldn’t have the honor of having precious Campbell in our lives. She is such a blessing! I know she had the best time watching all the fun, and once [Campbell’s brother] Cooper’s energy kicked in (he’s not much of a morning person!), he loved cheering everyone on. Just a great experience all around! I guess maybe thinking that I was giving back to the community in some small way by supporting the NCH marathon. But what I realized, very early on [in the race], is that I was the one on the receiving end of this event. I’ve never seen a race from this perspective before…….and boy, have I been missing a lot! Seeing the happiness, sadness, determination, focus, concern, gratitude, pain, uncertainty, confidence, in all those faces today was so touching. And a gift! What a gift that I received from each and every person that I was lucky enough to have even just a split second interaction with…..I wish I could let them all know how special today was for me.”
As you can see from the photo below, Campbell was focused on the action. She was especially excited to see runners and walkers come over to applaud or give high-fives to the children and families along the Angel Mile. As you can imagine, many were crying as they approached. It was an honor to spend this year’s Columbus Marathon with Campbell. Thank you, Campbell. God bless you and your family!
Pacers, Post Script
Congratulations to my buddy, Mike Renavitz, on pacing the Columbus Marathon. Way to be, Mike. Here is Mike in action.
Pacers, Post Post Script
Congratulations to Linda Romanoff, Nancy Traub, Brian Zuk, and Shelly Thompson for pacing the marathon and half-marathon walkers. It is a very important job. And, of course, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge one of the happiest walkers of the day—as demonstrated in the photo below. Congrats, Dr. Steph, on your half-marathon.
The GV Pastry Crawl
Darla, Mo, Deb, and Jim recently founded the GVPC—the German Village Pastry Crawl. Saturday after Winans, the group did a bear crawl (get it?) to test it out. Starting at Katzingers, they made their way down 3rd Street to Kitties and then Pistacia Vera. They say that they may need a few more test crawls before they open it up to the GVWC. We can’t wait! Here are a couple pictures. You can find the other pastry photos on the website (and scroll down to recent events on website). Delish!
BMI – Boo Hiss
Remember my recent rant about the BMI (Body Mass Index) and how it is an outdated and a poor measure of healthiness? Well, here is an article from Bicycle.com which agrees with my analysis of the BMI. The author of the study, Linda Bacon, PhD (Are you kidding me? Her name is Bacon??) said “over half of the people on the study would have been misdiagnosed, because doctors would see people of normal body weight and likely not check for high cholesterol or blood sugar, those people wouldn’t get the treatments they need.”
The bottom line is that the BMI, in of itself, is most likely not be a good measure of good health (Larry—Not A Doctor—Smith).
SAVE THE DATE | Community Urban Walk November 12
The GVWC hosts its next Community Urban Walk: the Walk *4* All People 4-Miler. Join the community along with the New Albany Walking Club, Gahanna Get Moving Team and the Buckeye Striders. Get it on your calendar: November 12 at 8am. What makes this walk special? This is what are we’re walking “4”:
- For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (belated). Prior to the walk, breast cancer oncology surgeons Dr. Shilpa Padia will talk about advancements in treatment.
- For All People Free Store. Bring a new or gently used winter article of clothing to be donated to the For All People Free Store serving our southside community. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since opening January 1999.
- For Good Health and Fitness. Walk four miles through the Scioto Audubon Park, across Main and Rich Street bridges, then back to Schiller Park. Second Sole and Hoka One will have shoes available for free fit tests during the walk. Oh, and snacks, too!
- For Chocolates and Coffee! Mingle and schmooze after the walk at Winans Chocolates & Coffee where free treats will be provided.
A flyer for the event is posted on the GVWC website. Help spread the word! Better yet, bring two friends, a couple co-workers, or some family members.
Another SAVE THE DATE | Holiday Happy Hour with Second Sole – December 10
The GVWC will hold its 2nd Holiday Happy Hour at Second Sole on December 10. As last year, Second Sole will host the Club after-hours for 30% discounts on shoes and clothing! We will have raffles, appetizers, and a follow-on dinner at a Short North restaurant. Look for details in the coming weeks. Mark your calendar!
GVWC Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I will be out of town this weekend. Catch you all back on October 29. As always, whatever you do, finish strong!