Tim Cigelske, who writes the Beer Runner blog for Draft Magazine, caught a glimpse of his future on the track in Whitefish Bay last night, when he joined John Chandler to celebrate his 30-year running streak.
Chandler is a mere 29 years of running up on Cigelske, whose own run of continuous days with at least one mile hits 311 today. Chandler is at 10,958, and counting.
With utmost admiration, Cigelske writes:
"The first thing you realize when you meet John is that he’s an incredibly nice and good natured guy. Always smiling and chatting with people. You’d have no idea this night was a huge milestone, he was just casually low key and friendly.
Without any fanfare, we started methodically running around the track. As you’d imagine from someone who has lasted 30 years, John had a pace like a metronome and a fluid stride that looks like it wastes no energy. He’s a well-oiled machine.
John Chandler, in blue cap, leads the way in celebrating his 30-year run streak.
Journal Sentinel photo by Benny Sieu.
"As we approached the finish line, John told the pack to spread out so everyone could finish at the same time. Such a humble guy.
"After we finished, everyone hung out for tons of beer and pizza. There was a plaque from the city of Milwaukee Common Council congratulating John on his accomplishment. Someone presented John with a 30 pack of Miller High Life to commemorate 30 years of run streaking. That’s living the High Life.
"It was an honor to share the track and beer with someone who’s dedication inspires me. I can only hope that in 29 years and two months, I can be just like that."