Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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

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