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March, 2015

 

Ya Gotta Love Pi e Coming 3.141592653 Yes, Next Week!

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The Pi Day of the century occurs on Saturday, March 14, when the symbol π extends beyond its annual 3.14 to reflect an actual chronological date and time: 3/14/15 9:26:53 AM. To commemorate this momentous mathematical event, Ann Arbor-based Epic Races will present the Run 3.14 Pi, Michigan’s Original Pi Run. On 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 AM, Pi lovers and pie lovers alike will take to the trail at Hudson Mills MetroPark to run, walk, skip, or otherwise complete a 3.14-mile course, then celebrate the occasion with an assortment of delicious pies by Ann Arbor business Achatz Handmade Pie Co.

To further round out the celebration, the “Pi Guy,” Riley Mclincha, will be on hand to start off the race. In 1978, McLincha held the Guinness World Record for memorizing Pi: he memorized it to 7,500 decimal places. He eventually memorized Pi to 10,000 digits.

“Being a Guinness World Record holder totally changed my life,” says Mclincha, a lifelong resident of Clio, Michigan. “For one thing, everybody thought I was some sort of genius… I began looking at myself more positively and went on to accomplish many things I’d never before thought possible.”

While Mcglincha may be persuaded to recite Pi to several decimal places for his fellow Run 3.14 Pi participants, he will also be demonstrating his own unique creation, “drubbling,” during the run. Drubbling involves dribbling three basketballs in a juggling pattern … while running.

“I invented drubbling 22 years ago,” notes Mcglincha, now 64. “It has not been duplicated in a race yet. That’s a testament to how hard it is… or how stupid it is, The verdict is still out.” Mcglincha holds the unofficial world record for the fastest one-mile run while dribbling three basketballs.

For more information on the Run 3.14 Pi (this event is now sold out), go to http://epicraces.com/event/will-run-for-pi/. To learn more about Epic Races, Michigan’s premier endurance and multi-sport race event company, visit http://epicraces.com/about/. Watch Riley Mcglincha set his one-mile run record at https://recordsetter.com/world-record/run-mile-while-dribbling-three-basketballs/17315.