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News - January 24, 2020

Around Town

SORE WINNER ... Sleepless nights, long flights, humid conditions and sore quads haven't dampened the spirits of Brendan Watkins, who this week embarked on a global fundraising adventure. Watkins, an administrative director of analytics at Stanford Children's Health, is running eight marathons on seven continents (plus New Zealand) in eight days, an adventure that began with a Jan. 21 race in Auckland, New Zealand, and that will conclude on Jan. 28 in King George Island, Antarctica. In between, the 44-year-old runner is scheduled to run 26.2-mile races in Perth, Australia; Singapore; Cairo, Egypt; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; New York; and Punta Arenas, Chile a grueling circuit of 209.6 running miles. "This isn't just a mid-life crisis, although that may well be a big factor," Watkins wrote on a Stanford Children's Health blog post before the first race. "This is hugely important for me as I want this to be a monumental life experience, and one that benefits a great cause." Watkins had set out to raise $3,000 for the Children's Fund, which supports programs for sick children at the hospital, including Pet Therapy, which brings animals to the hospital to boost spirits of children patients. By Jan. 23, he had already received $4,293 in donations and the goal was reset to $5,000. (Those wishing to donate can do so at Watkins also is keeping his friends and followers informed about his "Triple 8 Quest" on his blog, In Singapore, Wakins felt "pretty good" despite the lack of sleep (and two prior marathons). "Once the horn went for the start of the race, I just said, 'oh oh,' as the pain in my quads let itself be known," Watkins wrote. "However, I managed to power through that and then just had the heat and humidity to deal with."

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Posted by Universal design
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2020 at 10:51 am

I love that our magical bridges playground gets positive coverage! I do hope she comes back and looks at how our streets and inclusionary housing have let the disabled down been practically designed to exclude the disabled.

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on Jan 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm

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