Friday, June 26, 2009

Runner in Umstead Park Eaten Alive by Flies

Raleigh, NC

A body found in Umstead Park has been identified as Anthony Corriveau, 39, of Cary NC.
According to the Chief Medical Examiners report, the cause of death was determined to be swarms of biting flies. An investigation by the Wake County Sherriff’s department has determined that Mr. Corriveau was running in the park that morning when he was attacked and killed by the deadly insects.

“We were able to piece together a time line from the Garmin GPS watch found at the scene”, said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. “Apparently he left his house at 7:15 am, and entered the park on foot doing 8 minute miles. It looks like he got attacked around 7:52 am in the middle of the park, because he turned around started sprinting at a 5 minute pace. Poor guy, probably his fastest mile ever was his last”

The partial remains were found Friday afternoon by Park Ranger Bob Davies.
“There wasn’t much left. He was eaten down to the bone”, said Davies.
“The flies are vicious this time of year. First the deer flies attack, swarming around the head and neck. Victims will frantically swat themselves until they become exhausted and collapse. That’s when the big horse flies come in for the kill.”

Mr. Corriveau is survived by his girlfriend Shannon Johnstone. “He was always complaining about the flies”, Ms. Johnstone said, “I don’t know, they never bothered me.”

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009 Race for the cure

The start

This race was huge. There were thousands of people on Meredith's campus this morning, most of which came in on buses. Since Shannon works at Meredith, we got the rock star parking right on campus, driving in through the super secret "president's entrance".
Around 2700 people ran the competitive 5K


Godiva Running start participants with Heiko

The ubiquitous Mel Levin

Shannon with her dad Steve

Despite doing a hard track workout on Wednesday, Shannon had her fastest 5K in the last 9 years, 21:20. Her dad Steve did the race in 32 minutes, placing high in his age group. I have been trackwhacked the last 2 weeks, beaten down by the Wednesday Godiva track workouts, but still managed an OK time of 19:47