BACK TO THE BALLPARKS

After a summer running in the “football” stadiums of Europe, it is back to work in the football stadiums of America.

The seasons have changed and I begin the 2016 NFL season tonight with a Super Bowl rematch of the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. It will be good to start my 31st regular season as spotter with Al Michaels and the NBC crew.

Also good are the changes that are taking place in the lives of Tim Burr and Mackenzie Langley who have been inspirations to me this past summer as we ran the race2walk2016 events in Europe. Tim, who wrote about his experiences walking in the Ekso-Skeleton here, is off for his freshman year at Colorado St..  And“Mac” as the family calls Mackenzie, left this week to attend Denver University for her freshman year as well. These are remarkable achievements for any young person, but especially for those who are doing so in wheelchairs. Kudos to the kids. They are the best.

 Amanda Boxtel and Mackenzie Langley enjoy a sweet goodbye at the Snowmass Club 

Amanda Boxtel and Mackenzie Langley enjoy a sweet goodbye at the Snowmass Club 

Over the next few months I will be getting ready for the final four events, the 400m, the 10000m, the half marathon and the marathon, which I’ll run in the spring. But we also will be doubling down on our efforts to raise funds for the exo-skeleton.

You’ll be hearing more about that. In the meantime, start saving your shekels. I’ll be asking for donations to race2walk2016.com soon.

Enjoy the Game. 

 Al Michaels is host of television's top rated program, NBC's "Sunday Night Football"

Al Michaels is host of television's top rated program, NBC's "Sunday Night Football"