January 1, 2002. Hi Phil, I just sent an e-mail requesting a visit from you. This was before I read your wonderful bio, so now I am moved to contact you again. As a frog collector (not live!), I think you would feel at ease at my humble abode for your brief stay here, if you were to find yourself wanting to visit our town. Of course, with your impressive resume, we would probably be more nervous than you! My profession is that of an orchestra teacher of elementary students who would be honored to perform for you. As a coach, my cross-country students would have a deep respect of your visit. Our town is a mid-size, rural, quiet community with wonderful running territories. You could enjoy our pathways along our serene canal, take a thrill running in our forest trails, or run freely through a currently frozen cornfield. In order to be recognized for the significance you provide for runners and the human race, you would be the feature of my Sunday running column in our newspaper. As a matter of fact, I am compelled to write of you now. Well, I am sure you are ready to lay down on your pad for the night. If you decided to stay at our house for your visit, our guest bedroom has many (stuffed) animals with whom you may care to share your stories and who would offer you their bedspace. May you be safe in your travels, Phil, and I hope to one day meet you. - Barb (Usa/Illinois)
February 21, 2002. I am a teacher at an international school in Wales (near Cardiff), and I am sure the students would love to take Phil for a jog (if he promises to behave himself that is, and not to drink too much). We are strongly against any form of animal cruelty, so Phil needn't worry for his own safety. - Nick (United Kingdom)
August 11, 2002. Please consider this an invitation for Phil to enjoy a brief visit here in Connecticut. Why should Phil choose us to visit? Well, here's our pitch: 1. Plenty of running opportunities, with plenty of scenery. I'm a fan of bridge running... the Golden Gate, the Ile de Orleans, the George Washington, Granville Island bridges in Vancouver, etc. Well, I'd be happy for Phil to accompany me on a run over the beautiful and historic Arigoni Bridge above the Connecticut River between Portland and Middletown, or the I-95 bridges in Essex or New London, or perhaps the big stone Memorial Bridge in Springfield, Massachusetts. Also, I do a bunch of 5Ks and the occasional 4-miler, so Phil might get to enjoy a little Connecticut community-style road racing. 2. Plenty of time for taking in the sights or dozing: I'm a sllllooooooowwwww runner, so Phil wouldn't feel rushed at all. 3. Plenty of company: Our bookshelves have (along with the books, of course) a grade assortment of stuffed animals that Phil could hang out with: about a dozen and a half frogs, a nice assortment of friendly-though-downcast stuffed Eeyores, a New Britain Rock Cats mascot, a fortune-telling tiger and a dapper (though slightly dippy) blue-footed booby. 4. Safe and pleasant accommodations: Some of the world's best chili, my wife's extraordinary ginger chicken, a nice-sized room with access to a VCR, RollerCoaster Tycoon & a computer (so Phil could e-mail the runtheplanet staff, perhaps). 5. Responsible hosts who'd keep Phil well during his stay & have him securely on his way within a few days. Well, there you have it. If this sounds like Phil's kind of place, drop me a line. - Don (Usa/Connecticut)
We are still waiting to receive photos and journal entries from the runners who ran with Phil. Please check back soon.