We’ll be cheering Mike on in person in just one week!

Here is Mike’s latest report on his efforts to run, bike, and swim 1812 miles in 2015! We hope to see many of you in Syracuse, New York, for the big finish!


We are in the final stretch of my march towards completing 1812 miles by swimming, biking, or running for the Preserve the Pension project. As you might already know this my own personal triathlon campaign for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension project! Remember the challenge is out there for one and all to complete the project with funds raised before I complete the 1812 miles combined, and the miles on bike as a stand-alone goal. The table below shows my progress to date:

Disciple/Month February March April May June July August Total
Swim Miles 1.25 .5 .5 2.5 3.0 1.0 .25 9
Bike Miles 80 240 168 112 308 121 166 1195
Run Miles 49 97.3 99.1 62.3 153 52.15 81.65 594.5
Grand Total Miles 130.25 337.8 267.6 176.8 464.0 174.15 247.9 1798.5

So with 1798.5 total miles completed as of Monday, 7 September 2015 that leaves 13.5 miles to completion of the combined challenge, and 617 miles for the completion of the additional stand-alone bike challenge.

On Saturday, the 8th of August I ran in Herriman Black Ridge Sprint Triathlon (1/4 mile swim, 15 mile bike, and 5k/3.1 mile run) in Herriman, Utah. I had a really fun and enjoyable race, finishing 3rd in my age group. It was huge surprise realizing that I had finished on the podium. It was the icing on the cake of all my training this year with triathlons. I have loved the opportunity to race in triathlons this past year, as it has reminded me of how the veterans of The War of 1812 endured the various hardships placed upon them both during and after the war. Many of the veterans had to fight proving that they were eligible to receive a pension. Yes, nothing has changed with government “red tape”!

Showing off my medals upon completion of the Herriman Black Ridge Sprint Triathlon.

Showing off my medals upon completion of the Herriman Black Ridge Sprint Triathlon.

On Saturday, 15 August, I was in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and while there I decided to participate in a trail race. It was held in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Kleinmond, South Africa. It is a very beautiful National Park along the southern coast of the country. I ran the East Cape Winter Trail Series Long course (15K/9miles). My time was not that great due to the fact that I stopped several times to take some pictures. From the race course, you can view both the Indian and Atlanta oceans as they meet here. It reminded me of those War of 1812 sailors, and Marines who cruised the world looking for British shipping to disrupt. I wonder how many of them sailed these waters of the Cape of Good Hope, and then had to sail the rougher seas of gaining a pension in their later years.

The back half of the trail race overlooking the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

The back half of the trail race overlooking the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

So what is on the deck for September? On Saturday, the 12th I will be racing in the ARC half marathon in Syracuse, New York. It will be my first ever half marathon (13.1 miles). Then sometime between the 17th and the 19th of September I will complete the War of 1812 Triathlon challenge at the New York State Family History Conference/Federation of Genealogical Societies Regional Conference also in Syracuse, New York.

During the War of 1812, the veterans trained and fought hard often wondering if they would ever win, which they finally did. As I have raced, my goal was just to finish, but the couple of times that I ended up on the podium made all that training worthwhile.  As I have traveled, I have also wondered what those valiant veterans were enduring just to survive so that they would see their loved ones again. It was easy for me to return home with all the conveniences of modern day life. For me to return home from almost anywhere in the world only involved a couple of days of travel at the most, while those War of 1812 veterans had to endure days and months of tedious travel, often uncertain if they would ever see their loved ones again. Let’s not forget the War of 1812 veterans or their families.

So if you see me out and about in Syracuse, give me a big smile, honk of the horn, or just a simple shout-out, and I will return a big smile and a wave! But better yet, visit the Preserve the Pension Project website and contribute to a great cause.

THANK YOU and Semper Fi (Always Faithful)!


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