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"Running Abe"

"Fastest Abe in the West"

Abe's Trail Trek at Lincoln's New Salem State Park in Petersburg, ILMost of the time when I am portraying Abraham Lincoln, I strive to be as much like the real Mr. Lincoln as possible.  My "Running Abe" appearances are obviously an exception!  (Another exception is when I do programs in Spanish, French, or German.)

My first time to run dressed as Abe was the 2002 edition of the Capital Challenge in Washington, DC, an invitation-only three-mile race for Federal employees, members of Congress, etc.  At the time I was working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional office in Philadelphia, and so I ran on an EPA team.  I finished in 17:04, which isn't too bad considering the stovepipe hat.  Two years before I had run 16:33 dressed in more typical running gear, so perhaps the hat slows me down by about 10 seconds per mile.

In the fall of 2015, I decided to bring "Running Abe" back to life, and since that time I have participated in a number of 5K races, one 10K, and even some triathlons.  In some cases I have been just a "Running Abe", while in others I have been both a regular Mr. Lincoln (interacting with the participants, handing out awards, etc.) as well as a "Running Abe".  In some of these races I have placed among the top three overall, and in every case I have finished first in Abe's age group (200+), so I think I can lay claim to the title of "Fastest Abe in the West" (that would be the "West" of Abe's day: everything west of the Appalachian Mountains).

photos of Running Abe in actionMy "Running Abe" outfit varies depending on the weather.  In warm weather, I wear a tuxedo-style t-shirt and black shorts; in cooler weather, my outfit more closely resembles Mr. Lincoln's traditional clothing, except for the modern running shoes.

If you would be interested in having "Running Abe" at your own event, please contact me!  Remember that in addition to participating, I can also be a "regular" Mr. Lincoln, interacting with the runners, starting the runners, handing out awards, etc.

 

Testimonials

"Our race director couldn't decide if he was more impressed with you running as Honest Abe or the fact that you are such a strong runner!" (a race organizer in the Chicago area)

"The trails of New Salem will be busy on Saturday and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of Abe himself running through the woods." (promotional e-mail/post by race director of Abe's Trail Trek)

Fees:

  • A "regular" Mr. Lincoln: See fee schedule on main Programs page.

  • "Running Abe": My fee is negotiable, but typically includes my entry fee being waived and perhaps some help with travel expenses/lodging.

Next races:

July 27: Abe's Olympic Triathlon (Springfield, IL)

Races/Triathlons in Which Mr. Lincoln Has Participated

Date

Location

Event

Overall Place*

Place in Age Group*

07/04/2019

Riverside, IL

Riverside Independence Day 5K Run

22nd (of 369)

2nd (of 16)

05/04/2019

Petersburg, IL

Pioneer Sprint Triathlon

34th (of 100)

[S/B/R: 89th/42nd/12th]

5th (of 9)

05/04/2019

Petersburg, IL

Abe's Mini Triathlon

11th (of 61)

[S/B/R: 29th/14th/4th]

2nd (of 3)

10/27/2018

Springfield, IL

Sangamon Valley Trail Run 5K

1st (of 28)

N/A

10/07/2018

Hodgenville, KY

Lincoln Days "Railsplitter 5K"

2nd (of 57)

N/A

06/16/2018

Petersburg, IL

Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon

22nd (of 70)

[S/B/R: 55th/25th/3rd]

2nd (of 5)

06/01/2018

Springfield, IL

Lincoln's Legacy 5K

2nd (of 45)

N/A

11/04/2017

Indianapolis, IN

CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental 5K

36th (of 2727)

1st (of 46)

10/28/2017

Forest Park, IL

Forest Park Casket Races (Team)

10th (of 12)

 

07/29/2017

Springfield, IL

Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon

69th (of 145)

[S/B/R: 130th/64th/10th]

3rd (of 5)

06/17/2017

Petersburg, IL

Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon

21st (of 89)

[S/B/R: 53rd/26th/3rd]

4th (of 7)

06/02/2017

Springfield, IL

Lincoln's Legacy 5K

3rd (of 88)

N/A

05/20/2017

River Forest, IL

Celebrating Seniors "Blaze a Trail 5K"

3rd

N/A

10/23/2016

Oak Park, IL

Frank Lloyd Wright Races 10K

15th (of 735)

1st (of 49)

10/22/2016

Forest Park, IL

Forest Park Casket Races (Team)

10th (of 10)

 

10/02/2016

Hodgenville, KY

Lincoln Days "Railsplitter 5K"

5th

 

09/17/2016

River Forest, IL

Makin' Tracks 5K Run/Walk

2nd (of 217)

N/A

07/04/2016

Riverside, IL

Riverside Independence Day 5K Run

15th

3rd

05/14/2016

River Forest, IL

Celebrating Seniors "Blaze a Trail 5K"

1st

N/A

04/10/2016

Oak Park, IL

Good Life Race 5K

83rd (of 481)

8th (of 62)

11/14/2015

Petersburg, IL

Abe's Trail Trek 5K

3rd (of 117)

N/A

10/18/2015

Oak Park, IL

Frank Lloyd Wright Races 5K

3rd

N/A

10/04/2015

Hodgenville, KY

Lincoln Days "Railsplitter 5K"

4th

 

05/01/2002

Washington, DC

SGMA Capital Challenge 3 Mile Race (US EPA team)

 

 

* The triathlon results generally include all of the participants, including those in the "Clydesdale/Athena" and wetsuit categories.

Check out my full list of appearances, as best I can remember. References: available upon request
www.MrLincoln.com Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 07/07/2019