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Chuck Jipp’s 1989 PR: 1:11.59

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A Running Comrade Facing Life’s Biggest Hill
Early on the morning of June 7, 1997, Chuck Jipp rode the buses to Saylorville Dam to run his 15th DAM to DAM. This was Chuck’s favorite race. His PR was 1:11.59 in 19898. In 1991 Chuck won the masters Division with a 1:13.36.

But as Chuck went to the line in 1997, he worried about his stamina. His legs seemed to have lost their strength. For the first time ever they would not carry him to the finish. Chuck was disheartened. Within months Chuck was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for which there was NO CURE. Chuck passed away on Nov. 28th, 2000.
His fight against ALS goes on.

“I can’t believe DAM to DAM is doing this on my behalf” said Jipp “I prefer a low-profile, but I don’t know how much time I have left. I am dedicated to do whatever I can to increase awareness of ALS, this horrible disease. It is hard enough coping financially and emotionally, but to have the help from the MDA makes a world of difference. The local MDA folks have done much for me and my family and I hope this will help others.”

Editor’s Note;
Chuck also was one of the founders of the Clive Running Festival and a Charter member of the Capital Striders. He was a friend since the late ‘70’s, became my accountant in 1984, and married my sister in law in 1994. Fitness Sports would not exist as it is today without his help. He ran as a member of the Fitness Sports Racing Team for over 12 years.

Pikes Peak Marathon
August 20, 1995

Charles J. Jipp, 47, graduated from Boone High School in 1969 and then Simpson College in ‘73. He was a Certified Public Accountant. He left two sons Eric & Ryan of Elkader, IA.and his wife Lori who resides in West Des Moines. Lori works for the State of Iowa.

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Dam to Dam 1:11:59 Hat

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The DAM to DAM is dedicated to increase awareness of ALS and raise funds for the Iowa MDA to help people like Chuck who are contending with this incurable disease.
Runners and the general public can make additional contributions to the MDA. Those who give $25 or more will receive a special Commemorative DAM to DAM hat with “1:11.59“ inscribed below the logo. The “1:11.59“ is in tribute to Chuck’s fastest DAM to DAM time which he notched in 1989. Race Officials encourage all race participants to wear the commemorative hat on race day to show support for Chuck and the MDA.

What is ALS?

ALS, also known as Lou Gerig’s disease, is a progressive and incurable disease that attacks the nerve cells, called motor neurons, which control the movement of voluntary muscles. ALS causes the motor neurons to gradually disintegrate, preventing them from delivering chemical signals and essential nourishment that muscles depend on for normal function. Total paralysis eventually results.


Notable People Affected by ALS:

Ezzard Charles
’Leadbelly’ Ledbetter
Dennis Day
Charles Mingus, Henry ‘Lou’ Gehrig, Glenn Montgomery
Jacob Javits, David Niven, Dimitri Shostakovich, Henry Wallace, Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, Michael Zazlow, Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.

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