Will run marathon for good cause

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

Do you have a charity that needs publicity?

Maybe I can help.

Once again, I've gotten my credentials to run the difficult, exhausting, overheated 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in Atlanta.

And once again, I'm offering to make myself a human billboard for your cause or public service institution's T-shirt.

You'll get lots of publicity. For one thing, there are 49,999 other runners. For another, about 250,000 spectators are stretched along the course up and down Atlanta's famous Peachtree Street.

In past years I have worn T-shirts touting the Augusta Boys and Girls Clubs, the Augusta Alzheimer's Association, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Shepeard Community Blood Center, CSRA Greyhound Adoptions and C&C Automotive.

What I need from you is a reason why I should wear your T-shirt.

(I use this as the excuse to the other causes that aren't selected.)

So let me know. Check with your group or cause and send an e-mail nominating yourself to bill.kirby@ augustachronicle.com touting your virtues.

I promise to run very slow so everyone can read what your T-shirt says.

VACATION POSTCARDS: (The stack is huge.) Bryan , Lorri , Steven and Will Moffatt send a card from Robert Frost's homestead in New Hampshire, with this note: "Our favorite poem is The Road Less Traveled ."

Greg Brooks and his entourage of 54 from the area send a card from the base camp of Mount McKinley. April in Grovetown sends our largest card so far from Virginia Beach.

Doris and Marty Charnock send a wooden postcard from Baldwin, La.

Jim Hogan , of McCormick, S.C., is in Ontario. My friend Polly Champion is enjoying the Grand Canyon. Charles and Mary Reeves , of Harlem, send greetings from Maine. Andy and Jane Edmunds , of Augusta, are having a wonderful time at Alabama's Gulf Shores.

Jean and John Barney , of Martinez, send a relaxing view of themselves enjoying a local moment. "Having a great time," they write, "Wish you were here. Well you are here." They go on to say there's lots to do on a "stay-cation."

Jack Carswell , on the other hand, sends a card from Tibet, which I think is pretty far away.

Ed Groover is in South Dakota enjoying "the camaraderie of my fellow reunion members participating from the Navy Nuclear Power Program."

Rick and Donna send a card from Skagway, Alaska.

And Dean , Dot and Laura Ann hit four states and send our first card from Kentucky.

The rest of you can send a card, too. Just mail them to me at The Augusta Chronicle , P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

TODAY'S JOKE: From Chuck Hunt . "The nice part about living in a small town: When you don't know what you're doing, someone else always does."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

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