In the name of honoring community, members of the 1000 Mile Club held a half-marathon run on New Year’s Day.
“What better way to kick off 2018 than in solidarity,” said Tommy Wickerd, one of the organizers. “It was a good showing. Almost 20 people showed up to keep the tradition up.”
No one kept track of laps or times, as the runners joined in together, without coaches, sponsors or a chronometer to time the meet.
“No better way to start the year than to push yourself to endeavor,” Glen Mason said.
The unofficial half-marathon began on New Year’s Day, 2018.
Wickerd, John Levin and Chris Schumacher came up with the idea. This year, now on parole, Schuhmacher ran in solidarity while in society.
Schuhmacher has also kept up with the club’s track meets inside San Quentin.
“I’m so impressed with all the guys’ performances,” Schuhmacher said in an email to sponsor Frank Ruona. “Please give them each a crisp high five from me.”
Mike Keeyes, 71, the oldest club member, relishes the community camaraderie he discovered by running with the guys.
“Until I started running in the club, I never felt like I was part of a community,” Keeyes said. “I run with people of different races, different religious – those things don’t even come into the picture.
“I’ve run with Troy (Dunmore) before, and we talked about the New Jim Crow book. He gave me perspective from a Black man, and I went and read the book. I had a chance to be educated.”
Keeyes also recalls seeing guys with serious health issues such as heart problems and being overweight get on the track and do phenomenal things they never thought they would be able to do.
“That’s inspiring to me,” Keeyes said. “It’s about building community.”