Respect the Distance and Marlins President, David Samson

On Saturday, I ran 50 miles at the Ice Age Trail 50 Mile Ultramarathon.

It was the hardest physical challenge I’ve put myself through yet.  At times I was ecstatic, at others, on the verge of insanity, and everything in between.

Not wanting to further overuse the “life is a marthon” metaphor, I did a quick search of the interwebs to find a connection between ultramarathoning and baseball, and, to my surprise, I found out that Miami Marlins president, David Samson, completed at 52.4 ultramarathon on April 27, 2012, as a fundraiser for the workers who built the new park.  Over $550,000 was raised and dontated to over 10 different charities.

WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS?

Why was this not reported by anyone?  Why was this not on MLB Tonight?  Why was this not front page news?

Running a marathon is hard.  Running 50 miles is beyond hard.  And now that I know how it feels myself, I can’t help but tip my cap to David Samson and the struggle he went through on behalf of his employees.

Now, if only he could get Ozzie Guillen to shut his trap.

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

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If you’d like to know more about my race experience, check out my running blog, The Run Factory, where I’ll post a detailed race report within the next day or so.

2 Comments

Well done! That is extremely impressive!
Someone gave Samson’s feat a mention – I think it was Intentional Talk – because I remember footage of him finishing at the stadium from the night before, but it wasn’t enough of a mention for what he did. I also remember them asking Ozzy to comment on Samson and to tell them the farthest Ozzy himself had ever run. Ozzy’s response? A triple. :)
— Kristen

Well that makes me feel a little better, Kristen, but still. Intentional Talk is more of a comedy program and less of a baseball show. I believe Ozzie though when he says that. Haha.

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