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NEAREST OCEAN, 620 MILES
It raised some eyebrows three years ago when brothers Bob and Tom Roemer decided to bury the backyard of Bob's insurance office under 90 truckloads of sand. "A lot of my friends said, 'What are you doing?' " recalls Bob.
What the Roemers were doing was establishing the La Jolla Beach Volleyball Club—three acres of ersatz beach surrounded by majestic oaks and evergreens—squarely in the middle of their native Toledo. Hey, what else can a pair of avid players do when the nearest beach is 620 miles away? "It's hard to get a game around here," explains Bob. "We felt there was a void to fill." He hopes La Jolla will change Toledo's image from that of "a place to watch grass grow and let sleeping dogs die."
More than 100 club members have signed up at $50 apiece to play barefoot in the sand from April to October. The Roemers say they'll need to triple their membership to make a profit, but Bob says that they aren't worried: "At least our kids will have a big sandbox to play in."
The throng of 25,000 runners in the London Marathon this Sunday will likely include several draped with broad sashes of violet, green and white, the traditional colors of Britain's suffragette movement. They will run to raise money for the Fawcett Library, a London repository of books and artifacts on the women's movement. They will also run in tribute to 96 suffragettes jailed 80 years ago for protesting the lack of voting rights for British women. The protesters were arrested for such offenses as repeatedly ringing the prime minister's doorbell.
The group of running fund-raisers will include one man. Member of Parliament Dennis Canavan will run in the name of James Keir-Hardy, an MP who supported the suffragettes and helped British women eventually win the right to vote in 1918.
...AND A NEW ONE
Not unlike Canavan, Randy Kuning thinks of himself as a kind of modern-day suffragette, which is why he ran the Lady Equitable 6.2-mile road race in Baltimore last month. Kuning, 33, an engineer from Baltimore, sneaked into the women-only race, finishing 600th among 1,268 runners while being threatened and verbally harassed.