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is Montana's capital city. It's nestled beneath the
foothills of the Montana Rockies. Helena is the
epitome of diverse culture, with people dressed in
jeans and others in business suits walking side by
side through the busy downtown streets. The Helena
area has a population of nearly 70,000 and features
many events throughout the year, including: street
festivals, fairs, a local symphony and rodeos.
Downtown Helena features a marvelous Pedestrian
Walking Mall in an outdoors setting that includes a
wide variety of shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
There are also wonderful shopping opportunities in
the greater Helena area including Capitol Hill Mall
and various other shopping districts on the east,
west and north sides of town and the downtown area.
The town was established on October 30, 1864,
following the discovery of gold along Last Chance
Creek. Helena's main street is named Last Chance
Gulch and follows the winding path of the original
creek through the historic downtown district. The
town was originally named "Crabtown", after John
Crab, one of the four men who discovered gold there.
As other miners arrived and the town expanded it was
decided to change the name. After many suggestions,
John Sommerville suggested the name of his home
town, Saint Helena, Minnesota, but the pronunciation
(Hel-E-na) did not suit the miners, who preferred
HELL-en-a. Dropping "Saint" from the name as
unnecessary, the new name Helena was adopted
(defeating the name "Tomah" by only two votes). The townsite was first surveyed in 1865 by Captain John
Wood. However, most streets follow the chaotic paths
of the miners, going around claims and following the
winding streambed. As a result, few city blocks
match the ideal of 30 x 60, rather they have an
irregular variety of shapes and size causing many
major streets to end abruptly. By 1888, about 50
millionaires lived in Helena, more millionaires per
capita than any other city in the world. About $3.6
billion (in today's dollars) of gold was taken from
Last Chance Gulch, over a 20-year period.
Today, Helena is home to about 7,000 state workers.
A number of Montana offices of federal agencies are
located in Helena and many corporate offices of
larger businesses are also there.
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Here To Read The 2008 P.A.C.E. Trek
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DAY 16 - TUESDAY, May 12, 2008 - - - -
Wind For Only 5 Miles!
4,058 Feet (216' More Than Yesterday)
Total Distance Traveled:
Thoughts For Today:
Montana's capital city - Helena! I arrived at around 4:00pm
and rested for about one hour before heading out to get some
dinner and some supplies to restock "Bob". I'm now back at
the hotel and am relaxing. The day was pretty uneventful. It
was actually a comfortable 32 miles to Helena. The skies
were partly cloudy and the temperature reached up to 65
degrees. Also, I had NO WIND for the first 27 miles of the
day! However, the last 5 miles tried to make up for that by
giving me a strong headwind. Tomorrow morning, at around
9:00am, I'll be heading out of Helena to go up and over the
Continental Divide on my way to Elliston. I do have a
concern about wind advisories for tomorrow (30mph winds from
the west). There's also supposed to be some rain, with the
high temperature being 63 degrees. So, there may be some
weather issues as I work to get over the Continental Divide.
The weather for Thursday through the weekend is for a
significant warm up... and Missoula (my hometown) is
forecasted to be near 90 degrees on Saturday when I arrive.
By the way, for those of you in the Missoula area I am
planning on arriving at Russell Elementary School at 5:30pm
this Saturday (May 17). The school is located on Russell
Street right next to the YMCA. My family will be there and I
want to extend an invitation to anyone who may want to come
out to Russell Elementary to say hi. It will be the last
time that "Bob" and I will run into Missoula.
There are a few
things that I want to write about today...
some messages from a few team leaders, and other people,
about some teams struggling with trying to get enough miles
in to beat me to Idaho. I've also received some messages
about some children getting injured from "running" during
P.A.C.E. Trek 2008. I've also received some messages about
team enthusiasm starting to fade. These are certainly
important matters and ones that I want to address.
Let me begin by
stating that P.A.C.E. stands for "Promoting Active Children
Everywhere". The focus is "active"... and that does not mean
just "running". Active can be walking, hoping, skipping, and
any other forward movement. The idea is for kids to be
moving forward, learning as they go, and working as a team
toward a goal. The journey is called "P.A.C.E. Trek" and I
chose the word "trek" specifically because it is defined as
a long and difficult journey usually by foot. Trying to
cross 620 miles of Montana within 3 weeks is certainly a
understand that the friendly competition of virtually racing
me across Montana is just a fun component. It is not
the emphasis and I certainly don't want children to be
pushed beyond what is reasonable for their age level in
order to try and acquire mileage. Based on some messages
I've received, it appears that there are some issues arising
with smaller teams who are finding it difficult to gain
mileage to keep up. I'm asking all team leaders to promote
the "journey" rather than the fun race against me. It's more
important to me that a team safely do their best to run and
walk to gain mileage rather than overexert in an effort to
beat me to Idaho. I realize that for many locations the
school year is drawing to an end and some teams may not
complete all 620 miles before summer vacation. That's just
fine. The important thing is for the kids to be involved in
the journey and to learn what they can. Sure, it's nice to
be able to accomplish the goal of virtually crossing
Montana. However, those teams that cannot accomplish that
are still winners in my book because they took on the
challenge and did their best to trek from the North Dakota
border to the Idaho border. Doing your best is what is
important, and that "best" effort comes in various forms -
running, walking, skipping, etc. Remember, it's all
about forward movement while learning about Montana, Native
Americans, Fitness and more. Each child, regardless of his
or her abilities, contributes to the team's overall goal.
There should be no comparisons in ability going on within
teams, and I truly hope that "team" is being promoted over
I can tell you
that I've certainly done more walking on this "trek" than I
did when I crossed Montana in 2006 during my run across
America. Part of the reason for that was due to the tendon
injury I sustained on the second day. However, there's
nothing wrong with walking. In fact, it is more gentle on
the joints and recovery time on the body is much quicker.
So, walking is a great means for "trekking" from one
location to another. Go walkers!!
With respect to
some teams losing enthusiasm for the three-week project,
that can certainly happen. There are some days that I find
it difficult to roll out of bed, bandage up my feet, and get
onto the highway to face mega distances in some extreme
conditions. Endurance endeavors can be very difficult.
However, during the moments of waning enthusiasm there are
opportunities for teaching! Perseverance can be discussed
and thoughts shared about what can be acquired from enduring
through a challenge. We live in an instant world of
microwaves, remote controls, Internet, drive up windows, and
other fast service items. P.A.C.E. Trek is an opportunity to
teach about persevering through a commitment that may be
challenging or just plain hard. I would encourage team
leaders to have a discussion with their teams about the
importance of persevering to a goal.
That's all I
have to say about those items for now. Please share any
thoughts with me that you may have. Today was my 14th day on
Montana's highways and I've logged 447 miles - which is 72%
of the 620-mile distance. I'm looking forward to arriving in
my hometown of Missoula on Saturday, and I'm truly excited
about the finish line getting closer. This is a very
difficult trek for me. The weather conditions have been
extreme and my body has certainly paid a price. Since I'm
only off the highway about 12 to 13 hours at a time it's not
possible to heal up blisters, or to fully repair any muscle
discomfort. Covering 30 to 40 miles per day is certainly
difficult, and I cannot fully explain what I feel when going
through something like this. What's important for kids to
know is not to try and imitate me by attempting to
conquer large distances - particularly to try and impress
someone. Be smart, run/walk smart, eat/drink smart, rest
smart, and you'll truly have more success as you learn to be
the best trekker that you can!
Please take a
moment to look at some of the team photos that I've posted
in the column to the left. If you click on the small
version, you'll get a larger image in a separate window.
Please feel free to send me photos of your teams... and your
teams in action walking and running. I haven't received very
many and if I can get enough I plan on putting together a
music slideshow after this is over that can be downloaded
from this web site.
Montana "Did You Know?"...
In 1804, a hopeful Thomas Jefferson sent Captains Meriwether
Lewis and William Clark to find the fabled River of the
West. From the time of Columbus, explorers and statesmen
had dreamed of a Northwest Passage, an all-water route
connecting the trade routes of the Pacific to the Old World
of the Atlantic. The Northwest Passage was not Jefferson's
only priority. In fact, of the tasks assigned them, Lewis
and Clark accomplished the most within the modern borders of
Montana. Contact and negotiations with native tribes; the
reconnaissance of suitable sites for trading posts and
forts; and, scientific accounts of the land's plants,
animals, and scenic resources were all in keeping with
Jefferson's hopes for the expedition. Today, much of the
Montana landscape that Lewis & Clark crossed remains
Americans "Did You Know?"...
Montana is home to several Indian reservations. Take a
moment to learn more about each.
Click here to visit the
official State travel site.
Fitness "Did You Know?"...
National statistics show: The average child consumes at
least 20 ounces of soda pop a day... Nine out of ten parents
think their children are fit, when only one out of three
are... Thirty percent of youths (10-19 years) have negative
or neutral attitudes towards physical activity... In a
typical physical education class, only 27% of actual
physical education time is devoted to motor activity...
Children exercise less as they get older, boys about 3% less
each year; girls, 7½%...
The average U.S. child spends 20% of his/her waking time
watching TV... Fifty-four percent of students claim that
their physical education class is very important to them.
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Thanks for stopping by this milepost
update. Run back here tomorrow!
Keeping on PACE,
Along The Way...
Montana was on my route today. Winston, a
village of about 75 people, was developed as a
result of the Northern Pacific Railroad platting
the area and the Duncans, who opened the Duncan
Hotel (a restaurant, rooming home), promoting
the area. Gold, silver, copper and lead mines
were active in the area from 1908-1918, which
caused further growth. One of Winston's first
settlers was George Beatty, who came to Montana
from New York as a young man with tuberculosis
hoping to extend his life with the fresh
mountain air. He was so certain of his imminent
death that he brought his tombstone with him.
However, it was not put to use until his death
at the age of 92.
Paul's Current Position In Montana