The Michigan Doily
Wednesday, October 13, 1982
By MIKE MCGRAW
The only way most people would
travel from Copper Harbor, the nor-
thernmost city in the Upper Peninsula,
to Grand Rapids is as a passenger in a
But cross country runner Don
Passenger is not like most people.
THIS SUMMER the Wolverine senior
started in Copper Harbor, biked to the
straits of Mackinac, swam across, and
then ran to Grand Rapids. Even if your
major is not Michigan geography, that
should seem impressive.
"During the summer it's hard to get
motivated to run every day, so I used
the triathlon mostly as a good way to get
in shape," said Passenger. "The idea
came from a friend of mine, Joe Moch
- he's the dumb one."
So on August 8th, Passenger and
Moch started their journey that would
take them almost the entire length of
the state. It took 10 days for them to
cover the 315 miles between Copper
Harbor and the straits of Mackinac and
the next day they climbed into the
"IT'S SIX and one-half miles across
the water and it took about five hours
for the swim. The first three-and-a-half
hours were pretty enjoyable, but the
rest of the trip was absolute torture. All
I could think about was climbing into a
boat," said Passenger.
But Passenger, a Caledonia native,
continued on to the opposite shore and
then the next day started running the
225 mile, six-day trip to Grand Rapids.
It was on the second day of this third leg
that Moch dropped out because of a foot
injury. But Passenger finished the ef-
fort with his fiancee running along side
him part of the way.
"The triathlon was fun to do and I got
in great shape for the season," said the
Natural Resources major. "I hadn't
had any prior swimming experience.
Over the summer I went to the pool at
Grand Rapids J.C. every morning
and their coach taught me quite a bit.
'During the summer,
it's hard to get
motivated to run
every day, so I used
the triathlon mostly
as a good way to get
"Don has never had a great cross
country season before this year," said
harrier coach Ron Warhurst. "But he
definitely has shown the ability by run-
ning a 4:05 mile. We're looking to him
and our other seniors'to provide leader-
ship that we haven't had in the past."
SO FAR THIS season Passenger has
been in the top five for Michigan in both
their races as the Wolverines were
twice victorious. He gives a lot of the
credit for his success as well as the
team's, to Warhurst's training
"Ron's style is pretty difficult for
someone outside of the team to under-
stand, but he's been very successful at
it," said Passenger. "The practices are
really laid back and the motivation
comes from within yourself. He treats
us as individuals and not strictly for
"I let my runners work on their own,"
says Warhurst. "If they have test to
study for or something, they don't have
to come to practice.It's up to them to do
their workouts. That's where we need
the hard way
the leadership, if some of our experien-
ced people can help to push some of the
young guys along."
IN ADDITION to self-motivation, the
harriers practice routines often consist
of running hills on the Huron Hills golf
course, running randomly around the
Ann Arbor countryside, or wearing
oxygen reprovation tanks which put
you at an altitude of 7,000 feet while
running. All this is designed to bring
the Wolverines a Big Ten Champion-
"Wisconsin is definitely the favorite,
but I think we can match them on a
good day," said Passenger. "If all our
runners stay healthy we could win the
conference, that is definitely my goal."
Not an immediate goal for Passenger,
however, is to run in any more
triathlons. "I just did that over the
summer to get in shape,"-he said. "I've
also ran from Detroit to Muskegon
twice for the Cancer Society. But what
you've done is nothing, it's what you
have to do."
I'm definitely not
the world's greatest
IN PREVIOUS seasons, Passenger
was not the world's greatest cross coun-
try runner either. Before coming to
Michigan as a transfer last year he had
spent seasons at Saginaw Valley and
Grand Rapids Junior College, then an
unhappy year at the University of Ken-
"When I visited Kentucky I really
liked the school and the area down
there, but I couldn't get along with the
coach at all," explained Passenger.
"But it has been a lot different at
Michigan. I can't say a bad thing about
(coach Ron) Warhurst or (track coach
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Wolverine harrier Don Passenger, shown here at a work-out, attributes his
successful 1982 season to an unusual training program. While most cross-
countrymen run long distances in order to get in shape, Passenger uses the
triathalon to prepare himself.
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