In our second runner profile, we’re highlighting Michael! Michael has been one of our better runners since the moment he joined the team. He’s been on every team we’ve fielded since 2016, not missing a mile once and even taking on extra mileage as needed.
Funny enough, if he wasn’t so slow to respond to texts and emails, he’d probably be our all-time mileage leader but he responded to his invitation for Ragnar Chicago 2015, while we were already in Chicago!
That all said though, he has been amazing to have on the team. He has always made it easy on us as he’ll take on any assignment thrown at him with this easy going, “yea, no problem…I got this” approach that takes the pressure off of worrying whether we’re pushing him too much. Even better, he comes through every time. He always makes it look pretty easy which is remarkable even more when you consider, he doesn’t have the prototypical runner’s build.
At 6’5″ and and a trimmed down 230 or less…he’s built for football and for a time, he was the starting center on Ohio Dominican’s collegiate team. If you’re running Ragnar Trail Michigan last year and were worried about bears and heard something big running behind you at night, it might have been Michael!
As mentioned before, he’s given us everything we could have ever asked for and more throughout the years. He is projected to, by race-end this year, to have run his 102nd mile for Runners Doing Good. That puts him firmly in 2nd place on our career list.
Most importantly, as his godfather, and the fact that he lives 3 hours away, it has been a blast to get to hang out and share this adventure with him. When you don’t get to spend a ton of time together during the year, it’s pretty awesome to get 40 hours straight to catch up on life and then tackle this challenge together. It’s good stuff and I couldn’t be more excited to have him back for another year!
To support him, make a donation to our GoFundMe page to benefit the Dee Family at the link below!