North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sightseeing via the Rome Marathon

“When I realized that the marathon was on a travel day for the choir, I decided I could run it and take a train to catch up.”

Along with travel and performance schedules during the Concert Choir tour, professor David Schmitz found the energy to run the Rome Marathon. As the North Central contingent left for Florence, Schmitz headed for the marathon’s starting line at the Coliseum. “When I realized that the marathon was on a travel day for the choir, I decided I could run it and take a train to catch up,” he says.

While the historic sites make the Rome Marathon especially interesting, running a race in kilometers—42, to be exact—can be tough. “You see 10 and realize you’ve haven’t really run very far,” says Schmitz.

Schmitz is also pursuing a personal goal to complete marathons in all 50 states before he turns 50 and he completed eight races during the past year. The most recent was the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on May 1 and he was planning to also run in Burlington, VT, on May 29 and in Seattle on June 25. Schmitz usually competes in a shirt with red and white stripes should North Central alumni want to find him along the way. For updates on his future plans, contact him at djschmitz@noctrl.edu.

12/05/2011