First Roll: 2009 New Prague Half Marathon

Today I started the war to defeat ALS as part of Team Blazeman. The conditions were almost perfect. Upper 40’s/Lower 50’s with sunshine and a great rolling hills course. The wind was a bit strong in the open country but didn’t put much of a hinder on a great race.

This was the first race where I was wearing Team Blazeman gear. I also rolled across the finish line in memory of Jon Blais’ and other PALS efforts to defeat ALS. I will add photos when we get them updated.

I felt the spirits of the ALS Warrior Poets today pulling me along. My best time up to today was 1:49 (a 8:22 per mile pace). My goal was to PR with a 8:00 per mile pace coming in around 1:45. With the power and strength from above and within, I completed the race in an official time in 1:36:34 (a 7:21 per mile pace).

After rolling across the finish line, many people asked me about my reasoning and was able to share the story of Team Blazeman. More people know about ALS today and that means more people can help work to fight this horrible disease.

It was an amazing birthday wish. A great cause…A great race…And a wonderful family there to cheer me on.

Love to you all,
Joel Haugen


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