Monday, March 30, 2009

Ludington Man Runs 100 mi /mo for 25 Years

Kim Halladay
Kim Halladay (photo from West Shore Community College)
based on a news article in the Ludington Daily News,"Milestone met," by Patti Klevorn, Mar 29, 2009

Kim Halladay quietly reached a lifetime goal this week. As he was running beside Ludington Daily News reporter, Patti Klevorn, she asked him just where on that run he would pass that milestone. "About a block back," Halladay replied without breaking stride.

Usually six days a week, accompanied by a golden retriever, Kim runs the streets and parks of Ludington. On this day, his wife Jeanie was waiting for him, offering a hug and congratulations.

Years ago, with a PhD in social work and a Master’s in public administration, Kim decided that he would need to do something physical to counteract the sedentary career he was heading for in the mental health field. So he began to run. After a while, he realized that he had established a regular pattern and made a decision to run at least 100 miles a month for the next 25 years.

For 23 years, he served as executive director at West Michigan Community Mental Health, and now teaches classes for Central Michigan University, and Western Michigan. He enjoys helping people prepare for retirement.

In a double reference to both running and life, he added, "Not every minute of every day is a walk in the sun with a gentle breeze at your back. It’s persistence during the challenging times that ultimately allows one to attain important results." His actual average came in at 113 miles per month.

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