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With Boston Marathon postponed because of COVID-19, John U. Bacon runs 'Baco-thon'

john u. bacon running with friends
Christie Bacon
Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon couldn't run the Boston Marathon as planned. It was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So he developed his own course through Ann Arbor.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon had Monday April 20, circled on his calendar for a long, long time. Before COVID-19 hit, that was the date of the Boston Marathon, and John was supposed to be in it. The marathon is on hold, so John came up with an alternative: he drew up his own 26.2 mile course in Ann Arbor and invited people to cheer him on – at a distance – over the weekend.

John U. Bacon talked to Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about what inspired him to sign up for the race and what it meant to see friends and family cheering him on along the way.

Read more about Bacon's experience here: Makeshift marathon turns out to be about more than a finish line; it's about family, friends - The Detroit News


John U. Bacon has worked nearly three decades as a writer, a public speaker, and a college instructor, winning awards for all three.
Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Public staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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