I’m trying to do a marathon in every state by the time I turn 50. I’ve got 7 down and 9.5 years to go. Today, I got an email from a reader named Gary that pointed me at Sam Thompson’s website describing his efforts to run a marathon in each state in the next 50 days. Sam has already nailed 12 of them (in the last 12 days) and is in Albuquerque as I write (probably recovering from the Duke City Marathon or on his way to Wichita, Kansas for tomorrow’s Wichita Marathon.) He’s doing this to donate to the Mississippi Coast Hurricane Relief efforts – my check is in the mail. Sam – you are a nut – a good nut.