The Flying Monkey Marathon is hard. It’s 3200 feet of climbing whereas most “hilly” road marathons like Heart of America or Hatfield McCoy are 1200 ft. Why would people do this to themselves? Stockholm syndrome? Sure a few. A beautiful park? Certainly that’s a great reason. But for the most part it’s an atmosphere of fun. Painful, awful, fun with a bunch of mental defectives who come back year after year to this unique experience. This year I got to see a lot of friends and spend some quality time with Rick Murray who I hadn’t seen since Blister in the Sun last year and was finishing his 50th marathon. Fun fact: In 1941, the original WSM became the first commercial radio station in the United States to receive an FM license.