Mount Union Professor Participates in America's British Reliability Run
October 6, 2005
Dr. James Perone, associate professor of music at Mount Union College, along with his wife, Karen, who works at Rodman Public Library in Alliance, participated in a "run" this weekend to raise money for the National Children's Cancer Society. But it was not your ordinary "run."
Seated in their 2002 Mini Cooper, "Team Strypes," (the Perones) embarked on the 600-mile American's British Reliability Run with the drivers and passengers of 44 other British automobiles. The third-annual run took them through southern Michigan, Indiana and western Ohio.
"Our drive was primarily through Indiana on back roads, although the route took us through the northwestern corner of Ohio and parts of Michigan," said Jim. "We actually had to drive an additional 600 miles round trip because the run started and ended in Marshall, MI."
According to the American's British Reliability Run website (abrr.org), the event is an endurance run of sorts, fashioned after those run in the United Kingdom. Each run benefits children, with this year's event raising money for the National Children's Cancer Society.
"The National Children's Cancer Society helps the families of children with cancer to meet the expenses that insurance doesn't cover," said Perone. "The organizer of American's British Reliability Run, Blake Discher, tries to select charities that help children and that have low expense ratios so that the greatest amount of money possible is going directly to helping the children."
With this goal in mind, the event raised more than $29,000, with "Team Strypes" contributing $800.
"The event is based loosely on several events held yearly in Britain with the same goal: to help a worthy charity and have fun while doing so," states the website. "It's not a race, it's merely a test of the drivability of our old cars."
Most of the automobiles participating in the run were 1960s and 1970s models of Triumphs and MGs. "The only car that could not finish broke down less than 10 miles from the end," said Jim. The run also included an additional driving tour of area covered bridges.