running en A runner's long journey to Boston <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1896, the first modern Olympics in Athens staged a marathon. The next year the Boston Athletic Association followed suit. Just 18 men ran that day, with the winner finishing in about three hours – something office workers can beat today.</span></p><p>Most people thought the runners were crazy – if they thought of them at all.</p><p>Marathoners don’t care. After winning the 1952 Olympic marathon, Czechoslovakian Emil Zatopek said, “If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”</p><p>Greg Meyer knows exactly what Zatopek was talking about. Meyer grew up in Grand Rapids, and enrolled at Michigan in 1973. That spring, Michigan got a new cross-country coach, Ron Warhust, a Vietnam vet with two Purple Hearts, and a hard-earned lesson: “The world doesn't stop because you’re scared.”</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:39:14 +0000 John U. Bacon 17359 at A runner's long journey to Boston Crim Festival of Races begins this evening in Flint <p>Thousands of runners will take to the streets of Flint tonight and tomorrow.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Started in the late 1970’s, the Crim has grown into the fifth largest 10-mile road race in the country.</p><p></p><p>Andrew Younger is the race director for the Crim Fitness Festival of Races. He says they’ve made some changes to the course this year to avoid conflicts with traffic flowing into and out of downtown Flint.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“The first two miles are different this year…and the reasons are we really want to improve the experience for all runners,” says Younger.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:36:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 14119 at Crim Festival of Races begins this evening in Flint Tough Mudder races are filthy, and we're not talking about mud <p>The norovirus is the latest obstacle that participants in Tough Mudder races have to fight.</p><p>In June, participants in Brooklyn, Michigan's <a href="">Tough Mudder</a> race got more than a mouthful of mud. 22,000 participants and supporters were at the event.</p><p>Afterward, the Michigan Department of Community Health received "many reports of gastrointestinal illnesses." With some investigation by the MDCH&nbsp;Bureau of Laboratories, that bug turned out to be a&nbsp;norovirus.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:11:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13984 at Tough Mudder races are filthy, and we're not talking about mud Police beefing up security for 36th annual 5th/3rd River Bank Run in Grand Rapids <p>“This year, by far, will be the largest security force that we’ve had for a 5<sup>th</sup>/3<sup>rd</sup> River Bank run to date,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk told city commissioners Tuesday.</p><p>21,000 runners are registered for the race.</p><p>He’s coordinating security with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and five police forces from neighboring communities.</p><p>Belk says Michigan State Police will fly helicopters overhead and use bomb-sniffing canine units</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:29:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12355 at Police beefing up security for 36th annual 5th/3rd River Bank Run in Grand Rapids Kalamazoo runners plan 'solidarity run' to remember Boston <p>A group of runners in Kalamazoo will honor victims of the Boston marathon bombing by running together tonight.</p><p>“Runners who were nowhere near Boston just feel like a piece of their heart has been ripped out,” said Tonya Durlach. She did not run the Boston marathon, but members of her E.P.I.C. running group and Kalamazoo Area Runners did.</p><p>“We’re trying to make sense of what happened but we can’t. We can’t understand why someone would do something so horrible. But the only thing we can do right now is think of them and pray for them,” Durlach said.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:17:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12163 at 2012 Olympics: Running down a dream <p>Nick Stanko is a small guy with a shaved head. He&rsquo;s an art teacher at Haslett High School, east of Lansing, and he also coaches the track team.</p><p>Stanko is hard-core about running. He&rsquo;s tried out for the Olympic team twice and even the kids on his track team admit he&rsquo;s a big deal. Senior Ryan Beyea told me he likes to brag to kids at other high schools that he gets to train alongside the legend, Nick Stanko.</p><p>In January, Stanko traveled to Texas to compete in the Olympic trials for the marathon and Beyea and some of other kids went down to support their coach.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 11:55:05 +0000 Kyle Norris 7585 at 2012 Olympics: Running down a dream Michigan Radio's Christina Shockley running the Boston Marathon today <p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Morning Edition host Christina Shockley will be running in the the <a href="">2011 Boston Marathon</a> today!</p><p>Her start time is 10:20 a.m. where she&#39;ll run with the &quot;second wave.&quot;</p><p>You can track her progress online.</p><p>We&#39;re all cheering her on - Go Christina! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:28:46 +0000 Mark Brush 2107 at Michigan Radio's Christina Shockley running the Boston Marathon today "So much more work to do," says Mayor Bing <p>It appears that Detroit Mayor <a href="">Dave Bing</a> will run for office again. As <a href="">The Associated Press</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>The former NBA great tells the <a href=";template=fullarticle">Detroit Free Press</a>... that he "can't fix the problems that the city has in one term." He says progress is being made in improving the city but there is "so much more work to do."</p></blockquote><p>The next mayoral election in the city is 2013.&nbsp; Bing became the Mayor of Detroit in May of 2009 and was re-elected to a full term in November 2009. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:17:28 +0000 Zoe Clark 528 at "So much more work to do," says Mayor Bing