Hope you read this morning’s article on the the Every Timers, the 11-men who have run all 39 Sound to Narrows races and plan to be in the field again on Saturday. It takes some creativity to get to the race every year, it seems, but here’s one of my favorite stories shared by these men.
Mike Thomsen likes to tell people his daughter was conceived during the 20th Sound to Narrows.Yes, you read that correctly. And, no, it’s not what you think.
Thomsen is one of 11 entrants in Saturday’s 40th Sound to Narrows who will be running the hilly 12-kilometer race for the 40th time. These men call themselves the Every Timers.
It takes commitment to be an Every Timer. To stay in the club, you might have to skip your child’s graduation. You might have to schedule surgeries around the race or run while battling cancer or heart disease.
Or, in Thomsen’s case, you might have to run during the conception of your daughter.
In 1992, Thomsen and his wife, Lisa, were five years into trying to have a child. Two previous attempts at artificial insemination had failed, and their third and final try was going to be on Sound to Narrows weekend.
The eggs were retrieved the day before the race.
“They have a needle stuck in me harvesting eggs, and Mike is starting to wonder if he’s going to be able run the race, ” Lisa said with a laugh. “He’s run the race every year since he was 12. It’s very important to him.”
The next day, Lisa watched Mike run the race while the eggs were fertilized. The day after the race, Lisa was implanted with the eggs. Nine months later Emily was born.
When Emily turned 12, she started running the Sound to Narrows with Mike.
“She’s a runner, but she’s decided not to run it anymore, ” Lisa said. “It’s a very challenging course.”