To the Editor:
After winning the 24th annual Sullivan Walk for Health and Fitness for the fourth year in a row, I was excited to see my name in the paper, but, as always, your sports coverage was lacking.
There was absolutely no mention of the walk whatsoever. This event started as a walk all those years ago by Dr. Louis Sullivan who was the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993. He brought this to the Vineyard as a way of promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The walk started at 9 am, before the runners at 9:30, and it is a competitive event and just as important as the runners.
As the women’s winner for the past four years, I train all year as a race walker and face the challenge every August, knowing it benefits the hospital and that I will be up against Marston Clough for the men — also the men’s winner for the past four years plus some.
Hurricane Irene didn’t stop our enthusiasm for the challenge, and we met it head on. It’s sad that you ran an advertisement on Page 12 from the hospital listing the walking winners and didn’t even mention the walking race in sports, I tried contacting the sports editor but was ignored.
Maybe it’s too much to ask to get the news right — or maybe lame to want recognition. Either way, what a disappointment.