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I found out tonight that on of my friends got hit by a car in Evanston – luckily he is completely fine.  This place is not a buzzing metropolis, but sometimes drivers make really stupid mistakes.  As I pointed out earlier, accidents happen.  Hedge the risk and wear your helmet.

~ J


Chicago Marathon IGood morning running enthusiasts!  The Chicago marathon is in full swing.  The field is full and the spectators have packed the streets – making for a fun race to run as well as see.  I popped in at the most northern part of the route, between miles 7 and 8.  The runners looked strong and for those few who looked like they were hurting, I really hope they get the strength to reach their goal.

I’ll capture some key stats from the event later.  Currently, the Chicago Marathon website is overloaded.

~ Happy Marathoning ~


View of Downtown ChicagoI bike to school.  It’s awesome.  If you haven’t gotten on a bike since your childhood, you should definitely get back on.  However, what is a little disconcerting to me is the number of people who are making their commute without without a helmet.

So what?  Well here are some choice stats from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute:

  • A very high percentage of cyclists’ brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent.
  • Direct costs of cyclists’ injuries due to not using helmets are estimated at $81 million each year, rising with health care costs.
  • About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized.

So, is it worth wearing a helmet?  I’d say yes.  Are you going to school and investing heavily in the future of your brain to support you?  Maybe you should spend the $20 and hedge your risk of getting a head injury.

~ Happy (and safe) Biking ~

Academic institutions are finally getting on the blogging bandwagon full force.

What I find interesting is that schools are resisting the open blogging of students.  But it’s the giant elephant in the room.  With a little searching, savvy perspective students are going to find students’ blogs anyways.  Embrace it.  Use the enthusiasm of your students to market your product!

In other news, it’s getting chilly in the Second City.  How’s the training going?

~ Happy Trails ~