HANCOCK — At age 92, Ken Seaton, may simply be known as the elder statesman of the Canal Run. Nevertheless, it’s not simply his age that might enable him to earn that title. Much more spectacular is the truth that Seaton hasn’t missed a Canal Run since its debut in 1976.
“I began with the 10-mile run again then. That’s all they’d,” he stated. “Then they added the five-mile run and over the past a number of years I’m good for the five-mile stroll. Right this moment (Saturday), was the most effective walks I’ve ever had.”
His daughter Kim Hope knew the explanation for his success.
“He had a superb accomplice who wouldn’t shut up,” she quipped with a smile.
His accomplice on the wall was Gary Olds of O’Fallon, Illinois. This was his first Canal Run. He and his spouse, Gale, together with Kim and her dad, Ken, completed the five-mile stroll at 1:28.
“Ken’s obtained some nice tales. We expect alike,” stated Gary. “In actual fact, I used to be having a tough time maintaining with him, and that was humbling.”
Seaton, a Hancock native and Michigan Tech alum, didn’t mince phrases on why he retains coming again decade after decade to do the Canal Run.“You’ve obtained to maintain transferring,” he defined. “My mates that stopped transferring died. That’s not me. You’ve obtained to do one thing on a regular basis.”
Scott Couture is a fellow believer within the significance of train. The Ishpeming retiree was the quickest male runner for the half marathon within the 60-69 age group with a time of 1:48:59. The 62-year-old stated in case you would have advised him 10 years in the past that he could be operating a half marathon on Saturday, he would have stated no means.
“I retired as a nurse at Jacobetti (House for Veterans) a number of years in the past, and I believed what was I going to do,” he stated. “I used to be no good at golf and was not going to observe TV all day. So I found a operating group. We name ourselves the ‘muffin runners’ as we run across the park in Marquette on Wednesday morning after which exit for espresso and muffins afterwards – thus the identify. The group may be very inspiring and retains me going.”
He added that Saturday’s run was his fourth half marathon. He just lately did his first full marathon in Paradise, Michigan.
Additionally holding him going is his spouse of 30-plus years, Karen. Eleven years in the past she had a liver transplant. Nevertheless, that didn’t cease her from getting out and exercising together with her husband. On Saturday, whereas Scott was operating, she was strolling the five-mile Canal course.
“It was good to complete it and I used to be happy with my time,” she stated.
As they put their arms round one another for a finish-line picture Scott summed it up finest.
“Life is a journey, and day by day is a present,” he famous. “You’ve obtained to choose up your ft and go.”