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She’s on the run… across ETHIOPIA By Anne Stanton If you want to know how tough Mary Moore is, you need to look no further than her resolve to log in the required 15 miles each day for her upcoming run across Ethiopia. Moore is the newest female member of a team of 10 that will run 240 miles in 12 days in the mountainous African country. The team’s trainer recommended a 15-mile-a-day training regimen, but it isn’t always easy for Mary, who is a single mom of an eight-year-old boy. Sometimes to fit in all 15 miles she’ll run six to eight miles inside her two-bedroom complex—around and around two rooms and a hallway—while her son, Liam, sleeps. She also runs with Liam, her “personal trainer,” as he rides a bike on the area trails. Mary Moore is part of a 10-member team planning to run across Ethiopia this January as a fundraiser for building three Moore is the only Northern Michigan woman who has joined the Run Across Ethiopia event, which will begin January 8. The team’s mission is to raise money to build schools for the poorest of the poor, and that’s what captured the interest of Moore, who is the oldest of the three women on the team and the only mom. She believes it’s important for women to be on the team, especially since they’ll be running with Ethiopian women along the way. Moore isn’t worried about her ability to run 20 miles a day for 12 straight days (more or less; the team is running from village to village, so on some days the run will be closer to 30 miles). She considers her real challenge is in raising a total of $15,000. Each participant has to raise the same total, in order to amass a meaningful balance to build the three new schools. Fortunately, a friend of Moore’s --who has asked to remain anonymous, is helping her with fund-raising basics, such as writing heartfelt letters and directly asking friends for money. So far, they’ve raised $5,000. Folksinger Claudia Schmidt has also agreed to help and will perform at a December 1 fundraiser (details to be announced). Her brother will hold a fundraiser at the Red Mesa Grill on November 23. Moore stressed that all the team members are trying to raise money and need help, too. Her main point of focus is to raise money and awareness for the cause itself. MARY “BUZZSAW” MOORE Moore moved to Traverse City in 2006 from Colorado, where she spent most of her childhood. She didn’t know she was a good runner until she ran a marathon in 2001 and tied for first place with her girlfriend, Kelly Arrelano. Moore lived in Leadville, a town that’s infamous for the Leadville 100, a 100-mile treacherous, high altitude trail race which was founded by Ken Chlouber. (Her favorite book, “Born to Run,” is populated by runners and characters she met in Leadville.) “Kelly and I were having fun running; neither one of us had ever done a marathon before but we decided, ‘We are going to do this, we are going to run a marathon!’ Our goal was to finish together and feel good. Well, we were running and Ken Chlouber, who was at the race, yelled out to us, ‘One of you girls is going to be first, only one!’ So we got closer, and we grabbed hands and went over the line exactly together. I don’t remember what my time was, but the reporter described me as Mary Buzzsaw Moore. I guess they thought I looked funny running, because I ran with a quick and choppy new schools in the country. gait, like a Paso Fino horse.” •WOMEN TODAY •  ran 73 miles her first year and 63 miles the second year (she hadn’t trained well that year). She said participants have to finish in under 30 hours to be considered “official finishers.” Moore went on to run two more marathons and, in 2004, entered the Leadville 100 when Liam was 2 1/2 years old. She The BIGGEST Ski & Snowboard GREAT DEALS ON SKIS, SKI BOOTS, SNOWBOARDS, CROSS COUNTRY, WE HAVE A HUGE SELECTION OF KIDS STUFF. SALE www.gtskiclub.com gtskiclub.org “The first year, I could have completed it had I not gone a marathon pace,” she said. “It’s a mental thing. If I had sat down and had a cup of tea, I could have finished it. It’s a mental game. It’s fun; its like giving birth to a kid because you don’t remember how painful it is. You just remember it like a big adventure. You see a lot of the same people who try it year after year. There’s a little old man from Germany, and he finishes every year. He fast hikes and makes it in 29 hours, almost the same time every year.” GOOD EXERCISE In the winter, Moore runs in snowshoes on the Vasa trail or on the snow-packed snowmobile trails near her home in her tennis shoes. “Running in snow shoes is really good exercise. You have to pick up your feet higher when you’re running,” she said. Moore runs with whoever --no matter how fast and slow--and she often trains with fellow Ethiopian teammates Hans Voss and Chris Treter. Matt Desmond, who is also running in Ethiopia, said Moore is a natural: “She just floats.” easier-going runner. Moore said she’s learning to become an “Chris lumbers along, la-dee-dah-style, and it reminds me of just a peaceful, Buddhist style of running; it’s easy to see he just enjoys it. I love the running. It’s meditative and I can just kind of transcend any bad day I’m having. It squelches any grayness. It makes everything bluer, and in Michigan that’s important.” Lately, Moore has her challenges. She interprets for Spanish-speaking people during doctor visits, but her job with Northwestern Michigan Health Services ended with the departure of the migrants and will resume next summer. “Maybe my economic situation isn’t the best right now, but this race gives me a chance to help people who are in much worse shape than I am. I am definitely thankful for what I have!” onthegroundglobal.org or call Mary Moore directly at 1-231-590-5068. To donate to the cause, go to Northern Express Weekly • November 1, 2010 • 11 Sat, Nov. 13 -9-5 Sun, Nov. 14 -10-1 GTSC nonprofit organization Nov. 12 & 13 T.C. West Junior High

She's On The Run -- To Ethiopia

Anne Stanton

If you want to know how tough Mary Moore is, you need to look no further than her resolve to log in the required 15 miles each day for her upcoming run across Ethiopia.<br /> <br /> Moore is the newest female member of a team of 10 that will run 240 miles in 12 days in the mountainous African country. The team’s trainer recommended a 15-mile-a-day training regimen, but it isn’t always easy for Mary, who is a single mom of an eight-yearold boy. Sometimes to fit in all 15 miles she’ll run six to eight miles inside her two-bedroom complex—around and around two rooms and a hallway—while her son, Liam, sleeps. She also runs with Liam, her “personal trainer,” as he rides a bike on the area trails.<br /> <br /> Moore is the only Northern Michigan woman who has joined the Run Across Ethiopia event, which will begin January 8. The team’s mission is to raise money to build schools for the poorest of the poor, and that’s what captured the interest of Moore, who is the oldest of the three women on the team and the only mom. She believes it’s important for women to be on the team, especially since they’ll be running with Ethiopian women along the way.<br /> <br /> Moore isn’t worried about her ability to run 20 miles a day for 12 straight days (more or less; the team is running from village to village, so on some days the run will be closer to 30 miles). She considers her real challenge is in raising a total of $15,000. Each participant has to raise the same total, in order to amass a meaningful balance to build the three new schools.<br /> <br /> Fortunately, a friend of Moore’s -- who has asked to remain anonymous, is helping her with fund-raising basics, such as writing heartfelt letters and directly asking friends for money. So far, they’ve raised $5,000. Folksinger Claudia Schmidt has also agreed to help and will perform at a December 1 fundraiser (details to be announced). Her brother will hold a fundraiser at the Red Mesa Grill on November 23.<br /> <br /> Moore stressed that all the team members are trying to raise money and need help, too. Her main point of focus is to raise money and awareness for the cause itself.<br /> <br /> <b>MARY “BUZZSAW” MOORE</b><br /> <br /> Moore moved to Traverse City in 2006 from Colorado, where she spent most of her childhood. She didn’t know she was a good runner until she ran a marathon in 2001 and tied for first place with her girlfriend, Kelly Arrelano. Moore lived in Leadville, a town that’s infamous for the Leadville 100, a 100-mile treacherous, high altitude trail race which was founded by Ken Chlouber. (Her favorite book, “Born to Run,” is populated by runners and characters she met in Leadville.)<br /> <br /> “Kelly and I were having fun running; neither one of us had ever done a marathon before but we decided, ‘We are going to do this, we are going to run a marathon!’ Our goal was to finish together and feel good. Well, we were running and Ken Chlouber, who was at the race, yelled out to us, ‘One of you girls is going to be first, only one!’ So we got closer, and we grabbed hands and went over the line exactly together. I don’t remember what my time was, but the reporter described me as Mary Buzzsaw Moore. I guess they thought I looked funny running, because I ran with a quick and choppy gait, like a Paso Fino horse.”<br /> <br /> Moore went on to run two more marathons and, in 2004, entered the Leadville 100 when Liam was 2 1/2 years old. She ran 73 miles her first year and 63 miles the second year (she hadn’t trained well that year). She said participants have to finish in under 30 hours to be considered “official finishers.”<br /> <br /> “The first year, I could have completed it had I not gone a marathon pace,” she said. “It’s a mental thing. If I had sat down and had a cup of tea, I could have finished it. It’s a mental game. It’s fun; its like giving birth to a kid because you don’t remember how painful it is. You just remember it like a big adventure. You see a lot of the same people who try it year after year. There’s a little old man from Germany, and he finishes every year. He fast hikes and makes it in 29 hours, almost the same time every year.”<br /> <br /> <b>GOOD EXERCISE</b><br /> <br /> In the winter, Moore runs in snowshoes on the Vasa trail or on the snow-packed snowmobile trails near her home in her tennis shoes.<br /> <br /> “Running in snow shoes is really good exercise. You have to pick up your feet higher when you’re running,” she said.<br /> <br /> Moore runs with whoever -- no matter how fast and slow--and she often trains with fellow Ethiopian teammates Hans Voss and Chris Treter.<br /> <br /> Matt Desmond, who is also running in Ethiopia, said Moore is a natural: “She just floats.”<br /> <br /> Moore said she’s learning to become an easier-going runner.<br /> <br /> “Chris lumbers along, la-dee-dah-style, and it reminds me of just a peaceful, Buddhist style of running; it’s easy to see he just enjoys it. I love the running. It’s meditative and I can just kind of transcend any bad day I’m having. It squelches any grayness. It makes everything bluer, and in Michigan that’s important.”<br /> <br /> Lately, Moore has her challenges. She interprets for Spanish-speaking people during doctor visits, but her job with Northwestern Michigan Health Services ended with the departure of the migrants and will resume next summer.<br /> <br /> “Maybe my economic situation isn’t the best right now, but this race gives me a chance to help people who are in much worse shape than I am. I am definitely thankful for what I have!”<br /> <br /> To donate to the cause, go to onthegroundglobal.org or call Mary Moore directly at 1-231-590-5068.<br /> <br />

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