Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"I can not thank Mike enough for what he has done for the Tenley Foundation! Mike never wavered from the moment he contacted us. He showed extreme determination and put forth an effort like no other man I have seen. Mike is a man of great integrity, and did nothing other than what he set out to do. He ran every bit of that 435 miles across the Idaho terrain. He is a survivor and it shows in his incredible spirit.
 We love you Mike!
  Many Thanks, Travis, Kim, Eben and Tenley Curtiss
 and the Idaho Fighters Family

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 10!! - June 17: Swan Valley to Victor

Beginning of Day 10
Headed up over Pine Creek Pass
Mike on the border with his dad and brother

Mike with cancer fighter Cooper at the border
Everyone waiting to cheer Mike into Victor
Mike running in with the cancer kids and families
Mike with some of his Idaho Fighter friends, Cancer fighters: Cooper, Tenley and Paige.  With Tenley's mom Kim
Love, Tenley, Cooper, Boo, Tyson, Paige, Mimi, Nik, and all of the fighters we haven't met yet who will benefit from your incredible journey.
(written by Ty's mom, Amy)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 9 - June 16: Idaho Falls to Swan Valley

 Day 9 with friend Ben Nickell
 First use of a public bathroom in a week!
 With friends Ben Nickell and Evan Honeyfield- who beat me by nine freakin hours at Wasatch 100 last year!
 Mike and his dad LuDell, aka the crew chief, who has been with him the whole journey
 Time for a massage
Surprise! from friend Lisa
400 miles!
Just one more day- and only 35 miles to go. 6 am start at the square ice cream store. He will run over the pass, to the Idaho/Wyoming border, and then turn around and end up at Teton Springs Resort at about 3:30 or 4.

Day 8 - June 15: Arco to Idaho Falls

On our way to Idaho Falls with friends Lowell Hawkes and Holly Bowman
 23 miles in and lookin good!
 Thank you for the milkshakes Bill!
Feeling really good, which is crazy. The only issue I have is my extensor longus muscle/tendon is inflamed . It's good for the first 20 or so , and then it becomes an issue. Thanks for all your good vibes and I'll c us when I c ya!
About 5 miles to go...Lowell and Holly stuck it out with Mike the entire 50.7 miles today. 
And Mike had a few more running buddies at the end. 
This is Tenley, cancer fighter and namesake of the Tenley Foundation.
Tenley and her brother were troopers!
And Tyson (another cancer fighter) joined them for a quick jog.
Taking a quick breather...anyone have some Tylenol?
Lots of friends joined Mike at the end
Tenley and Tyson standing in for all of the Idaho Fighters who want to say a giant THANK YOU to Mike (written by Ty's mom who updates the blog occasionally)
 Ice Bath
And Holly (mom of cancer fighter Cooper) takes a turn in the ice bath.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 7 - June 14: Mackay Reservoir to Arco

~Mike's sister talked to him at about 11:00am today. He slept much better last night and his foot/ankle are not hurting too bad. He seemed to be in good spirits other than the fact that it took him 4.5 hours to go 17 miles. I had to remind him that he is now on day 7 of a 435 mile trek, and 4.5 hours to do 17 miles isn't bad at all. Hope to see you all in the Idaho Falls, Swan Valley and Victor area this weekend. Let's go cheer him on!~
 Bye bye Mackay! Arco, get ready because here I come! -sent via mobile from Mike
Views from the road! 
 Halfway for the day! Food for the gut and ice for the feet! I sure am going to miss the ice part when this is done.
Thank you Scott Archibald and Swire Coca-Cola for the signs!
 3:00 pm and only 20 miles left for the day!
 My nephew Zach bringing me some water.
Ya baby! -sent via mobile at 5:30pm

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 6- June 13: Challis to Mackay Reservoir second half

Day 6 - started halfway between Challis and headed to the Mackay Resevoir. Just talked to Mike. He got some good sleep in the night and said his feet aren't feeling as bad as yesterday. He's in good spirits and was cracking jokes! Thanks to all of you for your support!
 Mike making his last uphill climb (for a couple days at least).
Mike and his Dad at the top of Willow Creek Summit. Elevation 7160. Headed to Mackay Resevoir.