168 miles to run 3 miles…running in memory of Louie!
had the opportunity to run in the Louie Bellson Memorial
5K “Drum Roll” Run on Saturday, October 16,
2010. The race was held at Louie’s alma mater, Moline High
School in Moline Illinois.
was a 1942 graduate of Moline High School and has left a legacy
of drumming greatness. It's because of his greatness and our connection
with the drumming world; that I wanted to be a part of this big
race day, we packed up my running gear, filming equipment and got
on the road by 4am to make the trek down to Moline. It was really
neat driving through the campus of Moline High School and trying
to envision Louie Bellson as a high school student there....where
were his local hang outs and how did this environment lead to his
eventual drumming greatness? A very surreal moment!
After meeting with Rob Moon (Race Director) and staff, we registered
and was issued my race number and commemorative shirt...then we
were ready to begin my 3-mile journey! It was a beautiful
morning with sunny blue skies and crisp fall temperatures...perfect
official Louie Bellson 5K event shirt
niece (Christina Bellson Marlin) wore the #1 bib number and signaled
runners with an official air horn blast! The Moline Police Department
also helped out and did a great job keeping the course safe with
their traffic control.
crossing the finish line, we felt a major sense of accomplishment
by helping to raise money for music education in the Quad Cities
and honoring drumming great Louie Bellson!
top runners were awarded prizes, including gift certificates
from The Drum Experts and grand prizes of kids snare drums from
the 5K Race Committee. It would have been great to come
in first and grab one of those cool little Louie Bellson drums!
A special thanks goes to Francine Bellson for sending us the event
announcement. Without her continued efforts to keep the name of
Louie Bellson going, we would all miss out on preserving great drumming
sure to check out the official Louie Bellson website for current
news, events and products: www.louiebellson.com
The Drum Experts (10/16/2010)
out the 2nd Annual 5K Race held on 10/22/2011
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