Wednesday, June 4, 2008

You've got mail.

The t-shirt I won for donating blood arrived (see my next to last post). It's a beauty, too.

Standard white all cotton, size large so it's slightly too large, with the airline logo on the front in whose terminal I donated, and their motto printed across the back, "Safe. Clean. On Time. [Airline name.]" Hmm, this catchy saying isn't trademarked.

Well worth the wait and the worry.

But here's what I truly think. I'm glad this airline, or it's employees, are so well-intentioned and community-minded that they organized a blood drive. Kudos to them.

In other news, I recently received something in the mail from the Chicago Marathon. It was a certificate grandly certifying that on October 6, 2007, I "officially completed The 2007 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon." [Notice the capital T.] In 4:34:06 at a pace of 10:28 M/M. Ouch. It would have been even worse if my former running buddy A hadn't found me walking the course at MP 24 and brought me in at a trot. (Left: The dog days of summer, or fall, in downtown Chicago.)

They're trying to make nice now, after blaming the runners for a debacle of their own making? What a fraud. That was The Chicago Fun Run. They said so at the time, when they sent uniformed police officers wading onto the course to force runners to walk upon the threat of felony arrest. Now it's back to having been a marathon again? (Right: A kept me barely ahead of the No-More-Running Police in Chicago.)

12 comments:

Makita said...

As I'm a newbie to your blog, I didn't realize you ran Chicago last year. Congratulations on finishing a grueling race... too bad the officials can't seem to get it together.

cindy said...

Kudos to you for finishing such a hard marthon!!

David said...

I am going to test Chicago this year. I expect they will over-compensate for last year's debacle. I mean, it couldn't possibly happen again could it?

I see your mylar cape was tighly bunched in your hand to protect it from ... ice cubes?

jeanne said...

p.s. you've been tagged.

CewTwo said...

Peter, you did do it and got some credit.

I've told you how I really contmplated wether or not to do Chicago this year.

I still think about it when I read a story like yours today.

Rainmaker said...

You just get all the ladies...don't ya?

Sunshine said...

Wow Chicago.. the amazing marathon that just keeps on giving!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I'm surprised they wont just let the memories of that marathon/fun run go....

ShirleyPerly said...

Given what happened, I think they ought to have asked folks whether they wanted any more memories of the event. Some things are best forgotten.

Petraruns said...

OH Peter. I ran Chicago in 2006 and it was fabulous but last year was just terrible. Like david I'm thinking they've got to have their act together this year - right?

Jade Lady said...

Wow..I didn't know u did Chicago! And, it took them this long to send u the cert? Congrats on finishing!

Don said...

Well you did a LOT better than I did at Chicago (5:07). Good for you and your friend "A". I was impressed by how LITTLE discussion of the debacle was in the race results book - makes you wonder if they learned anything at all.

So I'm wondering about the black bands under your knees. Do they help deal with an ITB problem, or something else? I ask because I'm working on an ITB problem.