"Some people have told me that running for Geauga County Recorder is a brave thing for me to do. However, running for something seems to “run” in my family"....Sharon Gingerich.
That leads me to congratulate, my son Zach Gingerich, for his race in the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon this past week. Although I have been “running” on and off for almost a year, he ran 37 hours, 26 minutes and 16 seconds in 120 degree heat, starting below sea level in Death Valley and ending at Mount Whitney summit. Imagine running 131 miles and the last four miles are to the highest point in the contiguous United States to the finish line. Perseverance.
Zach’s love for running began when he was 14 years old. That summer prior to junior high, I called the cross country coach at Berkshire, Julie Cole-Everett, and asked if Zach could join the team. She said, yes, but he should prepare by running a certain number of miles to get in shape. She was a bit surprised when I told her that he had already far surpassed the number of miles required on a weekly basis.
He continued to run in junior high and high school. Every year he went to State either in cross country or track or both. He always wanted to run marathons, but his coaches advised him that he was too young. He kept telling them that cross country races were just not far enough for him.
As he got into his upper high school years, they suggested he run half-marathon races. He did but they were just not far enough for him. He ran for the cross country team at Malone College and threw in marathons whenever he could. But they were just not far enough for him.
Out of college, he went to work in the administrative offices of Office Max. They moved their offices to Naperville, Ill., and took Zach with him. He continued to run and became involved with running clubs in Chicago.
He was soon running 100 mile races. He won the Mohican 100 mile race and was featured on the cover of Glucose magazine. He runs 100 mile races in States all across the Country. But they apparently were just not far enough for him.
Prior to his leaving for Nevada, I asked him what he wanted for his 29th birthday on July 20, he told me to wait to buy anything until we see if he survives the race. There are just some things you don’t say to your mother. Congratulations Zach on one outstanding race.
Sharon C. Gingerich
Running for Geauga County Recorder
You have every right to be proud of your son Zach......he sounds like an outstanding and dedicated young man ! It is amazing to think that he ran all those miles in that heat. It just shows his dedication.....not wanting to give up against the overwhelming odds. Sharon, we also think...YOU... would be " OUTSTANDING " as GEAUGA COUNTY RECORDER and we know you have the same "DEDICATION" to follow through and "WIN".......bringing that same dedication to the office of County Recorder, to represent the people properly and protecting their privacy.