Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gate River Run Can Do It for You

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gate River Run Can Do It for You

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Byline: Bill Longenecker

The 29th Gate River Run is set for Saturday, March 11, at 8:30 a.m. It's the best $22 you can spend in Jacksonville. That rate lasts through Dec. 31.

For that $22, you can gain a wealth of stuff and even improve your self esteem for much less than a visit to a psychiatrist. Please allow me to list the benefits you may acquire.

A T-shirt, your choice of sizes!

Some trinket at the finish line that says Gate River Run finisher!

A piece of glassware from the Gate Booth at the Runner's Expo.

If you are fast, you may get a top 10 percent award.

If you like beer and are over 21, it's at the finish line.

Free water at many locations along the course.

Free food at the finish line.

A chance to burn off maybe 1,000 or more calories.

Free use of portable toilets.

A 9.3-mile tour of downtown and nice San Marco neighborhoods.

Bragging rights for the office or any place where the overweight might meet.

A photo proof sheet with as many as six pictures taken of you during the run, most within the final mile.

Rather short, live band concerts at various locations along the route.

A real reason to call in sick on Monday. At least one gains earned sympathy for the pain of sore, aching muscles.

As you read through the list above, your heart must be racing with anticipation. There is one more thing to emphasize. The self-esteem gain is priceless. In a recent Reader's Digest article, a doctor wrote about his amazing weight loss. He went from 470 pounds to about 215.

His final humiliation came when a stewardess told him he should have bought two tickets for a flight that forced him into a middle row seat. He also says he felt really bad about telling his patients to "do as I say, not as I do."

For most of my 23 years as a columnist, my message has been that everyone can be a homegrown hero. …

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