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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-11-15

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Change Of Venue

Engagement became a real marathon.

Steve Stein

Special to The Jewish News

"I even said a few times to Lauren
before the marathon that our team
name had a great 'ring' to it," Kerman
said. In her defense, Friedman said, "I
thought the name sounded like an '80s
pop band."
The other RING team members were
Alyssa Silver of Farmington Hills,
Friedman's sister, and Kerman's father,
Brian Kerman of Clarkston. They
were supposed to run 7.4- and 5.3-mile
legs before Kerman's 4.7-mile leg.
Kerman and Friedman have been
dating for several months after meet-
ing through the Jdate on-line dating
service. They'll be married
next summer.
He's 37, a Royal Oak resi-
dent and an assistant state
attorney general. She's 35,
a West Bloomfield resident
and the family preserva-
tion program supervisor at
Judson Center in Royal Oak.

S can Kerman planned the big
moment for three months.
And he kept it a secret.
While passing a timing chip to
teammate Lauren Friedman on Belle
Isle during the Detroit Marathon team
relay race, Kerman would also hand
Friedman a six-sided picture cube.
Besides photos of Kerman and
Friedman, inside the cube would be a
poem and an engagement ring.
Unfortunately, the hand-off never
happened. The
Runners In Night
Goggles (notice the
acronym RING) relay
team didn't run in
the Oct. 21 marathon
because Friedman
underwent an appen-
dectomy the day of the
Lauren Friedman and
But the story has
Roll 'Em
a happy ending.
Some good scores were
Alone — well, sort of
rolled during the first two
alone — on a bench
months of competition
in a hallway at William Beaumont
this season in the Jewish Women
Hospital in Royal Oak, Kerman handed International Bowling Association of
Friedman the picture cube.
Metropolitan Detroit's five leagues:
He told her in case she was going to
Galilee Monday Morning — Soralee
be in the hospital for a couple of days,
Broida (550 series, 124 pins over aver-
he wanted her to have some pictures
age); Lorraine Friedman (214 game);
of them.
Cidnie Herold (589 series).
"Because of my medication, I didn't
Galilee Tuesday Evening — Carolyn
process what was happening very
Fine (215 game); Wanda Fishman
quickly," Friedman said. "But soon,
(483 series, 141 pins over average);
under the romantic fluorescent lights
Karen Minc (549 series).
at Beaumont Hospital, I figured it out
Galilee Wednesday Afternoon —
and said yes to Sean."
Bev Gottesman (556 series, 142 pins
A marathon official on Belle Isle
over average); Sue Leff (552 series, 117
knew about Kerman's engagement
pins over average).
plan. Kerman made that arrangement
Galilee Thursday Afternoon —
when he attended the marathon's
Elaine Meyers (534 series); Helene
Health and Fitness Expo two days prior Robbins (211 game).
to the race.
Israel-Zeiger Thursday Night —
After Friedman ran her three-mile
Debbie Chinitz (546 series, 105 pins
leg on Belle Isle, she was supposed to
over average).
hand off the timing chip (attached
The JWI Mid-America Bowling
to a Velcro ankle strap) to her father,
Association's 60th annual tournament
Howard Friedman of Farmington
will be held Feb. 8-10 in St. Louis. Fine
Hills, for his 5.8-mile anchor leg to the
in the tournament chair. For informa-
finish line at Campus Martius.
tion, visit www. jwibowl.org or contact
That also was part of Kerman's
Fine at cfine@mindspring.com . Detroit
plan. Besides naming the relay team,
hosted the Mid-America tournament
Kerman insisted that Friedman run
in 2005, and it'll do it again in 2009. II
her leg just before her father and he
arranged for a family dinner after
Please send sports news to
the marathon. Nobody picked up on
Kerman's numerous clues.


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