March 23, 2005 - If you see a woman running up and down the frontage road of Interstate 10 in Marana between March 25 and March 27, don't be alarmed, it's only Pam Reed. Reed, an accomplished ultra-marathoner, will embark on a 300-mile journey starting on the frontage road at Picacho Peak.
From there, she will run south 25 miles toward Marana, where she will turn around and complete the loop 12 times. She expects the run will take her between 70 and 80 hours, which she will do nonstop, with no sleep.
The Tucson resident's goal is to motivate people to get up and exercise whether for three miles or 300.
If Reed, 44, is successful, she will be the first person ever to run 300 miles with no sleep. Previously, she competed in the 135-mile Badwater Ultra and the 24- and 48-Hour Championship. Her running exploits have landed her on the Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, the Discovery Channel, the Wayne Brady Show and an upcoming spot March 27 on 60 Minutes. Reed, the race director for the Tucson Marathon, Bobbi Olson Half Marathon and Jim Click Marathon Relay, will run in the London Marathon on April 17 and the Double-Boston Marathon the next day, April 18.
The multi-sport high school athlete is not uncommon. Some students play up to three sports a year. Not Kelly Zimmer of Canyon Del Oro High School. The sophomore is double-timing it this spring season, competing for the girls tennis team and the track and field squad, in which she is a high jumper. Zimmer splits her afternoon practice between the two. Because the track and field team only works on high jumps twice a week, Zimmer is able to work out with the tennis team the rest of the time. Games always take precedence, and no tennis matches or track meets conflict with each other.
In just its second year, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy's tennis program is starting to come into its own. Last year, the girls were unable to scratch out a win in 11 games. After five games this year, the lady Lions are 4-1, with a big win over Bisbee. The highlight of the Bisbee match, March 16, came in the girls No. 1 draw, when Mya Towne knocked off Bisbee's Gina Thursby. Towne closed out the 2004 Class 1A/2A state runner-up by reeling off wins in eight straight games.
After spending last summer in a cast after surgery on his back, Brent Wolfe has returned to lead the Lions. The boys, 5-6 last year, are 4-1, as well.
Bowling for titles
Mountain View High School has its first state champion of the year. The boys bowling club took down Centennial High School in March to claim the state's top honor. Team members include Tyler Addotta, Daniel Bacheller, Eric Dishong, Mike Hayes, Justin Penwell, Andy Schmucker, Kyle Stephens and Danny Washburn.