JFK 50 Mile a wonderful county tradition
To the editor:
The 49th annual JFK 50 Mile, held in Washington County on Nov. 19, is currently the largest and most successful ultra-marathon in North America.
The incredible success of the 49th annual JFK 50 Mile simply would not have been possible without the help of so many local organizations and private citizens. Everyone gave their time and resources to allow 864 committed and courageous official finishers to see their dreams and goals become a reality.
We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all those who helped make this event possible. Particularly, we would like to thank Mike Spinnler for having the vision and leadership to keep this tradition alive and bringing honor to Washington County.
The Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Park Rangers and Maryland State Highway Administration offered outstanding support and organizational expertise. The various community emergency services and ambulance companies throughout the county provided much-needed assistance and medical care. The volunteers are amazing at every aid station, giving needed water and food to keep the runners’ spirits high. The spectators are always enthusiastic. But truly it is the citizens of Washington County and their attitude that makes this event great and world class.
We are hopeful that next year — at the 50th anniversary celebration of this event — and for 50 years after that, the race can continue to be run over the same course here in Washington County.
Every year, we continue to be awestruck by the JFK 50 Mile. It has evolved into a truly international event that reflects so positively on our community. We know Nov. 17, 2012, will be another day to remember.
Thanks, Washington County. Thanks, Mr. Spinnler.
John, Tom, Sarah and Ben Louderback
Special friend has been there in toughest times
To the editor:
On Feb. 15 of this year, my younger brother, Puddy Bikle (Denny), died in a very sudden and tragic way. I want to thank first my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for holding my hands and helping me through it all. I shudder to think where I would be without you. You are amazing.
All of my friends have been comforting and loving, helping me deal with this loss. But someone stands out, among these friends. Her name is Irene Giffin. She has been there for me more than anyone.
Thanks for your time, concern, friendship and undying love, you have shown to me, during these last nine months. We have known each other for all of our 61 years. Just like our mothers were friends and loved each other all their lives, we now do the same. Ours is a very special friendship. Irene, you truly are the sister I never had. I love you as my friend and pray for God to bring many blessings into your life.
Thanks for all your caring and love. I appreciate it so much.