[OMG! I almost forgot. It's Positivity Wednesday! And I did so want to
pay tribute right after the holidays with a companion piece for the lifetime
companion of AUA's latest inductee to the Ultrarunning Hall of Fame: Barney
Klecker's better half Janis, the still-standing American women's record
holder for fastest road 50K ever! Check it out here...
...by clicking on "Women's Records/Open" and see, after ALMOST 30 YEARS (!)
how they *still* have her name spelled wrong, as follows:
"DIST TIME ... ATHLETE (CTZN ...) ...
50 km 3:13:51 ... US Record JANICE KLECKER."
Friends, it just goes to show ya: ain't nobody payin' attention to these
totally "modified" Dos Equis commercials any more! But I still hope y'all
are havin' a Happiness Wednesday anyway! And now without further ado, Mrs.
Klecker is my own personal inductee to today's TMIWITW. ;-]
Since nineteen hundred and eighty-three, no woman in America has beaten her
in a 31+ mile footrace.
Her all-time record was set 27 years and three weeks ago last Friday.
Married to yet another still-current record-holder at the time--and to
further prove her point--she has been thoroughly kicking HIS butt ever
A footrace she once dominated was held in the nefarious State of Illinois,
of all places, where former governors run the streets after being impeached
while awaiting trial, and former governors before that are forced to curtail
their racing aspirations to just daily jogs around the prison yard.
Her heretofore south suburban Chi-Town footrace was called "The Scenic
Ten"--for 10 miles which she won in 1994 in near-record-time of 56:01--and
even that race's literature has her name SPELLED WRONG!
She graciously met *the ghostwriter* of this very beer-parody series [not
the audio narrator that also hosts PBS's "Frontline"] just prior to that
race while standing in line at the porta-potties. Will Lyman did not give
up his place in line for her, but *he* did.
She then proceeded to blow away the field and a few dozen streetside maple
Her reputation as a gracious, outstanding athlete is superseded only by her
reputation as an outstanding mother and citizen of Minnesota, where former
professional wrestlers are elected governor and now-current United States
Senators first got their starts in political incorrectness by playing
complete idiots on "Saturday Night Live."
Minnesota should have elected her instead--a long, long time ago. Because
of that failing, Minnesota is still stuck with complete idiots in political
Once her hubby dared her to beat him in a 50-yard dash to the fridge. She
appeared to just let him go. Several minutes later he returned
empty-handed, only to find she had that wonted bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper in
her hand. She had been there and back already.
She is The Most Interesting Woman In The World.
"I don't always replenish my thirst during long runs with soda pop; but when
I don't, I prefer that my 'worser' half does. ;) Stay married, my friends."
( 00 )
See (and hear) some originals:
[you'll need to click on 3 "thingies" to establish that you're over age 21
[if this link is broken, as it seemingly always is, you can copy-and-paste
it all into your browser]
And look at THESE!
[should Don Winkley be next? :-]
["your friendly neighborly 800-year-old lute plucker and ale sucker from
Yankee Folly of the Day:
I am making it my mission in life to get both the AUA and the now-defunct
Scenic Ten to learn how to spell my heroines' names correctly!