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Misty Bell

Join us at GATS!

Something sort of amazing has happened in the past month. Truckers News' Fit for the Road program decided to put together a 5K event for the Great American Trucking Show. We figured the turnout might be kind of small, but that it could be the start of something great for the trucking industry. Little did we know. Soon enough, John Christner Trucking had signed on to sponsor the Too Hot to Trot 5K. And after a little ...

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Empowerment

The most frustrating thing about trucking is the waste of time.  Shippers and consignees seem to gleefully waste it. Our time has no value to them. They often treat the drivers like we have no value. Since our time has no value to them they don’t mind wasting it. Sometimes it seems like some of them seem to enjoy it. I had one of those last week in Melrose Park, Ill. It was on a Friday ...

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Preregister for GATS events

Online registration is now open for the the Too Hot to Trot 5k and the third 61+ Health Awareness Walk.

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Comeback

This was my first race back from my heart problem. Almost every athlete my age (51) has had to come back from an ailment or two. My plan was to try to treat this like any other injury. Listen to my body. When the body tells you to back off, back off. The Troutman Duathlon is an annual event in my hometown. The race consists of a 2.5k run a 15k bike ride, then a repeat ...

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Better now

We did the Green Bay 1.5 mile walk on Saturday. There were 12 participants. It was 12 more than last year, but about half what I expected. I had been a little down over the low turnout. The walk itself was an excellent time. It was along the Fox River on Green Bay’s boardwalk. With that few people it left plenty of time to shake every hand and thank everyone for coming. On Sunday I just ...

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Keep looking

For several weeks I have been looking forward to riding a trail in Austin, Minn. The trail is right across the street from the truck stop at exit 179 on interstate 90. It looked great. It is black topped with actual lane striping. There is a bridge built over the interstate. You would figure that building a bridge like that would cost a small fortune, and they would only do that for a longer trail. ...

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Great Rides

I had two great rides on the fat-tire bike this week. One was a rural 15-miler out of West Salem, Wisc. The other was an urban 20-miler through Minneapolis. They were both on trails that I had seen and had been intending to ride for a long time. Neither one disappointed. There is a Cenex truck stop in West Salem, Wisc. (I-90 exit 12). Across the street is the La Crosse River State Trail. This ...

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Coming back

Since my heart problem 48 days ago I have followed doctor’s orders and not run. He told me that I could bike or walk, just not run. There are days when I fought back the urge to run and almost laced up the shoes. I got so far as to pull them out from under the bunk and put them on my feet. Never did run though. Bicycling has proven to be a nice alternative, ...

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Finding Places

It is not easy to find safe places to exercise near truck stops.  Truckers News is trying to help. We are compiling a list of trails near truckstops. If you know of any please get a hold of Misty Bell (mbell@rrpub.com). She is the tech guru. You can email me, the tech idiot, marathon trucker@yahoo.com, or post it to the Truckin' Runners group on Facebook. I have always preferred playing to exercise. Escaping reality and losing ...

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Come walk for your health

The healthy truckers are at it again. The Trucking Solutions Group Driver Health Council, who put on the health walk in Louisville earlier this year will, along with HTAA and our Fit for the Road program, be hosting a 1.5-mile health awareness walk. All drivers are encouraged to attend, and registration is free. To participate, you must register at www.healthytruck.org. The walk will be held prior to show hours on Thursday, June 17. Participants should be lined ...

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