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.”
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
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.
Affected by ALS:
Charles Mingus, Henry ‘Lou’ Gehrig, Glenn Montgomery
Jacob Javits, David Niven, Dimitri Shostakovich, Henry Wallace, Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor,
Michael Zazlow, Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.