Imagine such elaborate security measures involving a three-round college boxing match. This fight is obviously worth seeing.
Amtrak's best, not to say biggest, customer has hit the road. John Madden has signed a three-year agreement with Greyhound. In return for the use of a 40-foot, $480,000 customized bus equipped with Madden-sized bed, shower and closets plus two telephones, an intercom system, two VCRs and a pantry, Big John will make scheduled stops to shake hands with and boost the morale of Greyhound employees. A nonflyer, Madden traveled largely by train for eight years but Amtrak never made use of him as an official spokesman.
One cause of the defection, however, is that Madden, who is also a virtual nondriver, frequently found himself stuck at the site of a TV assignment with no way to get to the nearest Amtrak train station, which sometimes was hundreds of miles away. On one such occasion CBS arranged to lend him Dolly Parton's bus and, said Madden, "I liked the feel of it." Last week Madden and his college-age sons, Mike ( Harvard) and Joe (Brown), completed a maiden voyage from San Francisco to New York.
AND MILES TO GO
He has run and run, through periods of hectic travel and miserable weather and even arthroscopic knee surgery. Former Olympian and Boston Marathon champion Ron Hill of England has not missed a day of running since Dec. 19, 1964, when, for reasons he can't recall, he took a day off.
"Since then I've run twice every day except Sundays, when I run once a day," says Hill, 48, whose daily running streak is the world's longest, according to Runner's World. "I've got training logs that go back to 1956. Let's see, this week I've put in 45 miles, so since September 1956 I'm at 113,606� miles, give or take a few."
Hill, who still competes in road races, became aware of his streak in the early 1970s and has gone to extremes to keep it alive. He has put in postmidnight and predawn runs, sometimes on the same day. Last July he hobbled through a 12-minute mile hours after knee surgery. "Three or four times a year I get up in the morning and think, I could live without this, but it's as infrequent as that," he says. "It's just become a habit."
Hill's streak now stands at 8,199 days. "When it gets to 25 years, I may start running once a day instead of twice," he says. "But I'm reluctant to do that. I think once you start giving up on certain aspects of your life, you're sort of admitting defeat."
A study conducted by a group of researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md., and published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine found that men who run more than 45 miles a week have something in common with victims of anorexia nervosa and of depression: high levels of two stress hormones—ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and Cortisol. According to Dr. George Chrousos, a coauthor of the study, strenuous exercise may change the hormone system so that it produces more ACTH and Cortisol. On the other hand, says Chrousos, it is also possible "that these individuals have a personality profile similar to that of people who have anorexia nervosa. They may be compulsive about exercise, diet and body image."