Dunkin Donuts and the Bellin Run

@just4him (123866)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
June 11, 2016 9:50am CST
I went to bed at 3 AM. I had a wonderful sleep for as long as it lasted, which could have been a few hours longer. I started hearing voices. I thought it was my son and grandson being loud around 6:30 this morning. My son worked until 6, so I didn't think anything about it and went back to sleep, only it was not a sound sleep because the voices kept me from going back to sleep. Then I realized it wasn't coming from inside the house but outside and my brain went to what day this is. And nothing made any sense. Every year since I've been here and most likely a lot longer than that the Bellin Run has been on Sunday. Today is not Sunday. It's Saturday. I live 3 blocks from the hospitals of which one of those is Bellin Memorial Hospital. Across the street from the hospital is a large park. In that park not three blocks from my house a lot of people gathered and some loudmouth with a megaphone or microphone or whatever began shouting to all those who could hear him that the festivities for the Bellin Run was about to commence. Very few people have heard of the Bellin Run, but it's race partner is well known - the Boston Marathon. Both are run by the same organization. The Bellin Run is a 10K race and is also an international race as the people who win this race are generally from Kenya. At least that's who I've seen the winner is more than anyone local. So I'm awake a mere 5 hours after I went to bed. And as I was sitting here getting started with my day, not by my choice this early in the morning, my son and grandson came home with some Dunkin Donuts and my favorite donut - the Cruller - they look like wagon wheels, and what I've generally referred to them as. Yes, I like those more than chocolate donuts. So I'm sitting here eating my wagon wheels and venting about being awake at this ungodly hour as I get ready to do my Daily Bible Study. Just to give you an idea of how famous this run is, it ranked among the top ten largest timed runs in the US in 2009. Many elite athletes have participated in this event - among them current and former Olympians and national marathon champions. The first Bellin Run was held in 1977. Seven countries beside the US have participated in the Bellin Run - Kenya, South Africa, UK, New Zealand, Portugal, Germany and Tanzania. Kenya has won it 16 times and Tanzania once. Kenya won it the last four years. It will be interesting to see who will win it this year. So there is a little history of the Bellin Run that woke me this morning and not tomorrow. Thankfully it is a beautiful cloudless blue sky for the event, and they are getting it underway before the heat of the day which is supposed to be in the 90's today. Have you ever participated in any kind of marathon or race? Thanks for reading. Image is Public Domain from the run in 2013 - Wikimedia Commons
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@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
11 Jun 16
Kenyan runners are running to feed their family. they have the kind of motivation that we lack. if we have a hungry family to feed, and the only way is to run in a marathon and win the prize, I think we can do it. too.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun 16
The one who won today was an Olympian. I don't know what country he was from.
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
12 Jun 16
sad to say, i have not participated in any of these marathon events for reasons of health.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
Health first.
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
13 Jun 16
@just4him i won't like to run then fall and have seizures.hahah!
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 16
@ridingbet No, that doesn't sound like fun.
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@celticeagle (119107)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 16
I used to jog about 8 miles daily but no races.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
That's a good jog.
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@celticeagle (119107)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 16
@just4him ....About 7.5 one way Those were the days. I was in my thirties then.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
@celticeagle That means you did 15 miles a day because you always had to do the return trip.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun 16
My niece runs in marathons and has travelled overseas to run in several. I know she has done the New York and Boston marathons but I haven't heard of this one.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
A lot of people haven't, and then again, there were 16,944 participants in today's run. The winner today was an American who is on his way to Rio to participate in the Olympics. He's the only American male to win the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, and won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. He'll be 41 when he competes in Rio.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun 16
@just4him Wow, he must be quite an athlete. The older people seem to continue to do well in marathons. I guess they get really toughened up over the years. I do think the older women become very gaunt-looking though.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
@JudyEv I agree. I've seen those women and they look like they have nothing except their skin covering their skeleton.
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@Drosophila (16702)
• Ireland
22 Jun 16
It's the first I've heard of the Bellin run, I simply must mention it to my senior student, who used to run for Olympics in the 60s
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Jun 16
A lot of people haven't and yet we have a huge international showing for this marathon every year.
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@Drosophila (16702)
• Ireland
22 Jun 16
@just4him that is truly amazing
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Jun 16
@Drosophila Yes it is.
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• United States
13 Jun 16
You got me thinking how I really never get involved, enough, in community causes, by joining a marathon race or tournament of some sort, ratz !
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 16
I didn't intend to put a guilt trip on you or anybody. There are a lot of people out there who do run marathons and participate on local races.
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• United States
14 Jun 16
@just4him oh no guilt trip, don't be silly-- but honestly I realize I am not in shape too run long distances
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Whew! Had me worried there for a second I'm not in any shape for a race either.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Jun 16
I have not, it's on the list of things I'd like someday to maybe do
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
I hope you do then. And if you do, then maybe you could join in this race and we could meet in person So I hope you now have that on your bucket list.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Jun 16
@just4him I do!
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 16
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• United States
12 Jun 16
I would have been throwing donuts at the guy with the megaphone. lol
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
The route taken to get to the only Dunkin Donut shop in the Green Bay area had to be circumvented as the runners were on that route for a good part of the way. No telling how long it took them to get there and back with having to go around.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun 16
It's amazing that one relatively small nation like Kenya should consistently produce the winners of long distance races. Glad you got a lovely donut.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
I did. Today's winner was an American Olympian who has won the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, and the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. His name is Meb Keflezighi and he'll be 41 when he competes in Rio.
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@Susan2015 (21306)
• United States
11 Jun 16
No I've never been in any kind of race.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
Me either.
@marlina (76575)
• Canada
11 Jun 16
Bellin Run: first time ever that I read about this run. Never was in a marathon.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun 16
I haven't checked yet to see who won the race. I just checked the stats for it, and there isn't a lot of news about the winner, though it is an Olympian, Meb something. I don't know what country he's from.
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Jun 16
I used to run a lot when in my 40s, but walking is much easier on aging knees and ankles.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun 16
Yes it is. I did some when I was in my 20's.
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@amadeo (70294)
• United States
11 Jun 16
No I have not.In my youth we did not have too much of this happening
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun 16
I never participated in any races either, though I jogged for fun and exercise in my 20's.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Jun 16
No never competed in a run b ut have heard ot them and itsovercast here still June gloom Im still weary so going back to bed for a nap.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun 16
I hope you had a good nap.
@jstory07 (69054)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jun 16
I have never been in a marathon or race.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun 16
Neither have I.