Page 12-Friday, October 24, 1980-The Michigan Daily
FINISHED MARATHON IN WHEELCHAIR
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By BECKY HOBART
Once an athlete, always an athlete.
Witness Kris Lenzo, who lost his legs in
an industrial accident two summers
ago. You have probably seen Lenzo
around campus, or- maybe read about
him in the Free Press.
Last Sunday, Lenzo competed in the
Free Press International Marathon,
26% grueling miles in a wheelchair, and
on Tuesday, he was still feeling the ef-
fects. His hands were blistered from the
constant rotation of the wheel, his butt
aching from, the twists, turns, and
bumps in the road. Kris, who finished
his first marathon in two hours, 34
minutes, and 49 seconds, actually led
the race for 15 miles before being
passed by the eventual winner.
"I was ahead for a long time," Lenzo
said. "I thought of winning, and then af-
ter one guy passed me, I hoped to finish
strong. I kept on looking for a hill so I
could coast down ... it never came."
The Marathon, which starts outside
of the Windsor tunnel, runs through
parts of Detroit and Grosse Pointe, and
finishes at Belle Isle, really didn't seem
like a race at all to Kris, at least in the
beginning. The "wheelers" were given
a ten-minute head start, and for most of
the race, Lenzo was alone.
He started training for the Marathon
in April, wheeling a couple of miles a
s doesn't handicap Lenzo
day, and increasing to ten miles a day
as the competition approached. While
there weren't any major problems
during the race, Kris did encounter
trouble before it began. First the key to
the trunk of his family car, where his
wheelchair was stored, disappeared;
then, when they finally got the trunk
open, a clamp broke on his chair. But
both were remedied before the race
started with a full 30 seconds to spare.
"At least I didn't have time to get ner-
vous," he laughed. "I enjoyed myself."
His handicap notwithstanding, Kris
seems to enjoy a lot of things. Always a
strong athlete, he was an all-city
swimmer in Detroit, played football,
and bicycled all over the country. After
his accident, Lenzo didn't know if he
would be able to stay active in sports.
"I thought I'd read and write and listen
to music, things I should've been doing
But his athletic nature kept him
going. He plays on a wheelchair
basketball team in Toledo and swam in
the annual wheelchair games in the
United States and CanadJa, respec-
tively. He likes to travel, too, and wants
to take a trip someday, in his
Life in a wheelchair. For Lenzo, the
ordering of the words holds significan-
ce: it is life, first; the wheelchair part is
only a secondary consideration. "I just
decided I was still going to live a good
life," he said. "The accident was
tragic, but I still have a lot going for
me. It happened; it's not reversible. It's
been enriching in a way . . . it's an in-
convenience, but it's given me self-
confidence, especially in dealing with
It's a courageous philosophy, one fit-4
ting the man. Kris Lenzo may not have
his legs, but in no way is he handicap-
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN student Kris Lenzo, who lost his legs in an
industrial accident two years ago, is still an athlete. Last Sunday, he finished
the 261/2 mile Free Press International Marathon in two hours, 34 minutes,
and 49 seconds.
To the Daily:
I was encouraged to see in the Daily's recent student poll (Daily, Oct. 2) that a
good percentage of those polled are aware that Bo Schembechler is the primary
reason for Michigan's recent demise. His failure to defeat even mediocre teams in
bowl games has severly damaged his recruiting. Blue chip players, who, in the
past have come to Ann Arbor, are now going to Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana and
various other teams.
I believe that if Bo would step down and be replaced by someone like Jim Young
of Purdue or George Welsh of Navy, Michigan could once again rise to the top of
college football, where they belong. With the nation's largest alumni, largest
stadium, and one of the longest and richest in tradition histories, there is no reason
why we shouldn't be able to recruit within the top five and finish within the top five
rankings every year without exception.
I am tired of hearing Bo's endless excuses about poor officiating and too many
distractions in preparation to bowl games. He is rapidly lending credence to the
label of "Little Woody." Michigan football is too dear to its true fans to have to
tolerate that. -DAVE NELSON
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