Bellin Run Legend Profile: Mike Dorsey

May 5, 2022

As part of our push to gather participation stats for our new Bellin Run Faithful recognition program, we are highlighting our longest-running participants — our Bellin Run Legends! Legends are the 20 individuals who have participated in every single Bellin Run since the event’s inception in 1977 — that’s 45 years and counting. We will continue to share the profiles and memories of our Legends on our Bellin Run blog and via social media. Next on our list is Mike Dorsey!

When Mike laced up his shoes for the very first Bellin Run 46 years ago, he had no idea the impact it would have on his life. Read on to learn how one 10K race has been a driving force in his fitness journey.

What was your favorite memory/year?
I guess my favorite memory would be participating in the first run. Without being part of the foundation of that one, I may not be preparing for number 46.

What was the toughest year and why?
The toughest year for me was easily 2008. Being on crutches with a non-weight-bearing right leg presented me with some challenges. This also was the year that support from family and fellow Legends provided me with encouragement the last half mile.

How did participating in the Bellin Run positively impact your overall health? 
This event helps me make sure that I am able to finish a 10K event.

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