"The first few years I got to know Dante, he liked running in southern Jersey, by the Manasquan Resevoir and beach areas. Dante had been first American to cross the finish line in the Trans-American race across America 1994. The race was run in stages of racing in sixty-four days...In the late spring and summer of 2001 Dante had me running nearly every weekend with him down in the Manasquan area, and through the sand dunes and the pine gardens of New Jersey..."
Completion of Humanness As we arrive to the completion of the first year without Norman, I had decided long before he'd passed that I would continue to do things certain things he liked yet could no longer do. I decided I would not take a day off of fitness. I would run at least for 500 days in a row. I began that in early 2020. I'd not be concerned with the distance I'd run. It was the very thing I convinced Norman and the thing that mattered to him, from the very first discussion we had August 11th, 1981, was fitness. I loved that he was a College Boy. He loved that I was a Marine. We tickled each other's soul with such admirations. Later fitness continued as an old discussion from 1994 ...getting outside and to run no matter what. I would say to him, "Run 200 meters, then 400 meters. If it doesn't feel good, stop. Turn around and walk back home and know you did your best. That is all you can ask of yourself." I said this, knowing he would get dow