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March 31, 2010 – Noted Moto-Journalist Paul Carruthers will compete in the 114th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19, and has dedicated his efforts to raising funds for Rett Syndrome.
Carruthers is known nationwide among motorcycle enthusiasts due to his 25 years as a journalist, during which he has created a number of magazine titles. In addition to being the longtime editor of Cycle News, America’s Weekly Motorcycle Newspaper, he is also a highly respected, life-long industry insider and the son of 250cc GP World Champion Kel Carruthers.
Boston is the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon and part of the World Marathon Majors. Its maximum field of 25,000 participants is decided by qualifying times secured at a certified marathon in the prior year. Carruthers earned his entry by his performance in the San Diego Marathon last spring, running a 3:30 overall time. Carruthers and his son Kyle are both avid runners, with Kyle set to enter collegiate cross country next season on an athletic scholarship.
Carruthers has dedicated his running in the Boston Marathon to raise funds to find a cure for Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that is the most disabling of the autism spectrum disorders. Rett Syndrome often strikes just after girls have learned to walk and say a few words, and begins to drag their development backward. Rett Syndrome steals the girl’s speech, hand function and motor control, leaving its victims profoundly disabled and requiring total assistance with every aspect of daily living. There is no treatment beyond supportive measures such as feeding tubes, orthopedic surgeries and medications for seizures. First recognized 25 years ago, the prevalence of Rett Syndrome equals that of Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington’s and ALS, but its research is vastly under-funded in comparison to those disorders.
Carruthers first learned about Rett Syndrome after meeting Emma Foley, who turned 6-years old a few months ago. After hearing her story, he was inspired to act and has dedicated his race to running for Rett, running for Emma and all the girls with Rett Syndrome.
“After hearing of Emma’s story from her father, I thought there had to be something I could do to help,” Carruthers said. “When I qualified for Boston, I thought it was an event that was worthy enough to make an impact and raise some money for Emma, her family and all the families touched by Rett Syndrome.”
A fundraiser has been established where friends, associates and other dedicated individuals can pledge funds through Carruthers’ effort for research into finding a cure for Rett Syndrome. Please visit www.emmafoley.com to make a pledge in support of Carruthers’ race and Rett Syndrome research.
Mark Tanner (22) and Dave Schmidt (46) do battle in a WERA Regional race at Gateway International Raceway just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis in June of 1986. Tanner and Schmidt were two of the leading WERA North Central Region racers during the mid-1980s. Mark Tanner led major portions of the very first Suzuki GSXR Cup race in Talladega earlier in the season – a race Doug Polen eventually won. The idea of having a racetrack so close to downtown was great in theory; unfortunately they built the track next to a former landfill. In those days the place smelled very interesting to say the least.
Michael Mains (261) leads a group in a novice race in a WERA sprint race at Gateway International Raceway in June of 1986. Mains was always one of my favorite racers. The guy was happy all the time. He’d come by the table where Jackie and I were selling photos and buy every shot we had of him and just light up our day with his smile and cheery attitude. Michael’s dad was Gil Mains, a famous NFL football player for the Detroit Lions. Michael wanted to be a racer and to his dad’s credit he gave Michael the help he needed to chase the dream, but as I remember he gave his son a time limit on his support. Michael was a fast racer and he showed up at nearly every WERA race across the country regardless of region. Michael was a man on a mission. He wanted to get to the top of racing heap and I mean now. From what I recall he just pushed too hard too fast. I think he had the potential to become a very good racer, but it was like he expected to go from novice to factory racer in the course of a year and that just wasn’t realistic even for the best of the best. While he was around the sport Michael was definitely one of the guys you wanted to pit next to. He had a zest for life that was infectious.
Jeff James (5) and a group of other riders stage in the pits for a practice session during a WERA race weekend at Road Atlanta in May of 1986. James was one of the top B Production racers in WERA during the mid-1980s and he served as a rider’s school instructor as well. Later that summer James established a motorcycle track record at Watkins Glen which probably still stands since motorcycles haven’t raced there since. Also visible in the photo are Neil Barker (35), Buck Clemson (behind James) and Bob Englert (on the Pennzoil sponsored Yamaha).