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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The General Lafayette needs Your Help
Don't worry, the business is doing just fine. Though Chris is more than happy to accommodate as many of you that want to stop by as possible. I was excited to be able to join Chris Leonard and the rest of the General Lafayette team on their quest to compete in a very cool relay challenge...for each team member to complete two loops (8.4 miles each) around the Schuylkill River in 24 hours. The event is called the 20in24 Relay Challenge and supports a very worthy charity, Back On My Feet. But, then I checked my calendar and realized that I'll be at The Shore. This organization has received much well-deserved press over the past six months or so. Its main objective is to help get the homeless of Philadelphia "back on their feet" and into a life of self-sufficiency. They do this by using running as a means of building confidence and strength. Chris is being joined by his fellow Dragoon Running mates from the General: Steven Boyle (Bartender Extraordinaire); Tom Kiker (Mug Club Stalwart); Robert McCulloch (Veteran Dishwasher); and Seamus McCulloch (Dishwashing Upstart). Show them some support by wishing them luck at the pub and dropping a donation to their cause. You can also purchase a very sporting shirt that you can purchase from the shop that they set up. Very cool indeed. Run strong Brew Crew!
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Wow! What a ridiculous day to be running. We finished though. A couple of mishaps contributed to extending the day including our #2 runner getting lost - he went over the Spring Garden St bridge and into West Philly - ended up running about 4 extra miles his first loop. Also, our "ringer" who did his first loop in 56 minutes, dealt with tendinitis in his knee during his second run and didn't finish as strong as he wanted. We finished at midnight, about an hour later than we had thought. No serious injuries, fortunately, and a damn proud result considering the conditions. We all agreed it was a interesting, challenging event. It was an impressive effort by all who ran...
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