The runners are on their way — in fact they are only a couple of hundred miles from Chicago!
As an explanation, the runners are the Lions Club members from Poland — who are running from Ivy Green (the birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, Alabama) to Chicago, the location of the 100th anniversary convention of Lions Clubs International. That is 650 miles! Mariusz Szeib and his trio of fellow runners arrived in Centre on Saturday, July 17 — after a flight from Warsaw to London and then a flight to Atlanta.
Though they had a twohour wait in the immigration and customs lines, they were still awake when they entered the driveway at the local Days Inn!
This writer appreciates Lions District treasurer Norbert Falk’s “chauffeur service” — as he met the runners at the airport and drove them — and their huge pieces of baggage! — from the Atlanta airport to Centre — arriving just before midnight.
After a quick night’s sleep, the runners joined this writer and husband Al for lunch at the Spring Garden Chinese restaurant and dessert at Al’s office. Hearty appetites were the order of the day — as they runners noted they usually consume about 5,000 calories per day just before and during a run!
The runners attended mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Mission late Sunday afternoon.
They were greeted warmly by all parishioners.
The runners then accompanied this writer to Cherokee Rock Village — where, in spite of wearing non-climbing shoes (two were decked out in flip flops), all four zipped to the top of the highest rock formation.
They were delighted with the view and took many photographs and videos.
As they returned to a lower level they requested that this writer take photos of the four “holding up” the large stone formation at the entrance to the trail.
(Maybe they were trying to play Zeus or other strong Roman or Greek gods???)
Those were the first photos emailed to friends in Europe!
by Anne Shumaker