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Erik’s 50th Marathon


Erik Seastead died on March 24, 2016, after a three-month battle with glioblastoma, among the most aggressive and deadly forms of brain cancer. We’ll miss his kindness and his love. He was a family man. He was a loving husband. He was a runner, and he was our runner. He belonged to the Old Man and Cop track club.  He was its leader, and it is our mission to honor him through this fundraiser.


The Old Man and Cop track club gathered almost weekly, on Saturday mornings, at 7 am, no matter the weather, the ice and snow, the humid summer days, for long training runs in preparation for the next marathon. During that time we talked about many things, so many things we can’t remember.  But Erik was our leader through all  of the discussions, and he was also a great listener.  We we were best friends, and best friends live forever.

At Erik’s funeral, a minister spoke, as did friends and family. I read from our own Runner’s Psalter, the Book of Marathon. It was meant to show Erik’s joy for life, his leadership, his love of others.

Please remember: Erik will take us on his next run, his 50th marathon, at Sugarloaf, Maine, in May 2016. We are warmed to know that not only he, but some of you will be on the course that day to greet us.

Now we celebrate our friendship with Erik by asking you to support research on glioblastoma with a donation of $10, $25, $50, $100.  For Erik’s memory we would love to achieve our goal of $30,000. Can you give something now?

Paul Josephson

Marathon runner, Friend of Erik

Support Erik’s 50th and Help End Glioblastoma

Erik Seastead, Steve Saunders, Paul Josephson, Jon Chapin:  the Old Man Track Club, before Sugarloaf Marathon 2002.

Check out the Erik’s 50th Marathon team on the Pace Per Mile podcast!