Extreme Running, Extreme Dedication

by Melissa Brunner

My few miles in the morning seems like nothing compared to what Bob Sample plans to take on this weekend.

A lot of people know Bob. If not him, you might have heard of his son, Andy Sample, who made a name for himself boxing. These days, you're less likely to find Andy pulling on boxing gloves than lacing up running shoes. Andy's been following in his dad's footsteps in taking to running. Last week, Andy dropped me a note to let me know that dad was at it again - channeling his passion for running into helping the fight against cancer.

Bob plans to take part in this weekend's Jefferson County Relay for Life. Starting Friday evening, teams will begin walking around Oskaloosa's town square, team members trading off to make laps through the night. Bob's team consists of.....Bob! Bob plans to take the entire 12-hour time period himself. And he doesn't plan to just walk it - he plans to run it! He has a bit of experience at this. Checking our archives, I see he's done this at least three times before during the Topeka Relay for Life. Since then, Bob's moved to Jefferson County, so that's why he'll have his extreme dedication on display at their event.

Bob is taking donations, either flat gifts or per mile he runs (he's guaranteeing he'll log 35 miles). You can make pledges by calling him at 785-217-3257. You also can donate through the Jefferson County Relay for Life website, http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=32054 - just click "view all" next to the Top Teams on the right hand side, then click Bob's name to donate.

It's a fantastic cause and I think Bob's efforts show how important he feels it is. Show your support if you are able. And if you feel like giving Bob a high-five, the Jefferson County Relay for Life is 7 pm Friday to 7 am Saturday in Oskaloosa's town square.




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