Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Train interrupts marathon

EAST MOLINE, Ill. - Passing freight trains disrupted the 2005 Quad Cities Marathon, prompting a race organizer to drive a pace truck into the path of an approaching locomotive.

After runners were forced to stop and wait as two trains made their way through East Moline on Sunday, Joe Moreno sped over to an intersection near the 22-mile marker and parked his truck on the railroad tracks, blocking a third train from passing ...

[He then] sat in the vehicle with the doors locked for nearly 1 1/2 hours as several hundred runners crossed the tracks. A railroad employee tried to get Moreno to move his truck, but it wasn't until police arrived that the former East Moline mayor agreed to move the vehicle.

"With every minute, I was buying time for the runners," Moreno said.
Crazy mofo. Full article here.

3 comments:

jeff said...

hah! now THAT is a mayor i'd vote for. gotta love someone in politics that is that crazy about the sport.

runner792 said...

Fantastic story! Like that mayor's politics. I would vote for him if I lived there. Might write him in on the ballot here in Maine.

Stephanie said...

How is your foot? I would love to read an update? How was your trip to Ireland?