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Lisa’s Legacy Run Redux

posted on October 13, 2011

I’ve been busy playing catch-up since the Lisa’s Run, but I just wanted to jot down a few impressions from this year’s event. With rain leading up to it and then immediately following it, we were all holding our breath that it wouldn’t turn out like the race did in Funky this year. I had deliberately made it ran on the parade in Funky as part of a little game that I like to play with Fate. I’m not superstitious but I will cop to being just ever so slightlystitious, and thus I figured that, if I made it rain on the Lisa’s Run in the comic strip, Fate (who, when it wants to be entertained, plops down on the couch with a big bowl of buttered popcorn, puts its feet up on the hassock and turns on me) would make it a bright sunny day just to make me look like a fool. Annnnd it worked! We had a nice sunny morning between the raindrops and it made for slightly cool but beautiful running weather. After risking heatstroke with every run in this past summer’s heat and humidity, it was amazingly refreshing and many runners (*cough* me) posted their personal best times for the year.

The very best thing about this race is the people that it draws which seem to be just about the nicest people on the planet. One family brought a framed Funky strip that I had sent to their father back when he was in school. Very cool. Others I’d met on past Lisa’s Runs and it was great to touch bases with folks who are becoming old friends. The Parma-Parma Heights Kiwanis were back once again as volunteers including Susan Cash who was there from the Kent State University Press with copies of Lisa’s Story (more on them in my next post in which I get to unleash some very interesting news). In all it was a great time and all the Kudos go to University Hospitals for the hard work that goes into each Lisa’s Run. The race started and ended in front of the new Sideman Cancer Center which is featured in the Lisa’s Legacy section on this site.

It’s there that you’ll also  find a slew of pictures and some video on this year’s run. Check it out and then start putting together your training schedule for next years event.

3rd Annual Lisa’s Legacy RunLike

posted on September 15, 2011

Like the turning of the leaves on the Autumn trees, The Lisa’s Legacy 5K Run Walk has become an Autumnal event to look forward to with each new Fall. After the hot and stifling Ohio summer we just had, I’m looking forward to the cooler weather on October 2nd when this year’s race will be run in the beautiful surroundings of University Circle. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever with music, snacks (including the fabulous pizza from Luigi’s restaurant in Akron), awards and prizes. Along with a dry wick Tee, all pre registered adult race registrants are entered to win an iTouch with a sport band. Participants who secure donations for their run will receive a Lisa’s Legacy lapel pin. Fundraisers who raise $500 or more are entered to win an iPad.

As usual, I’ll be there before and after the race to sign copies of Lisa’s Story and to meet and talk with the participants. All of the proceeds form the book sales and the race itself go to the Lisa’s Legacy Fund for cancer research and education at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center which will be the starting point for this year’s race. For more information and to register, simply go to

I’ve just heard that preregistrations are running ahead of last year, so come on out for a great run, and a great time in support of a great cause. See you there.

Funky/Crankshaft crossover

posted on August 30, 2011

When I jumped everyone in the Funkyverse ahead in time in 2007 and I didn’t do the same with the cast of Crankshaft, a number of my good and gentle readers lamented the fact that I’d no longer be able to do any crossovers between the two strips. Well, no longer say no longer. In cartoonland, anything is possible if you just wish for it hard enough, and this past two weeks a few sharp eyed readers have spotted the fact that the young softball player in Crankshaft has the same name as Les’ intended in Funky. I’ve received e-mails from several readers wanting to know if this was the same person, and indeed it is. This will all lead up to a nifty little crossover in in both strips this coming Saturday, September 3rd… but it’s a surprise so don’t tell anyone and we’ll just keep it between us. Okay?