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DESTINATIONS La vita locum
Memorable tales from the road
Running down a dream
If finishing 50 marathons after the age of 60 doesn’t seem challenging enough, try doing them in 50 different states.
Lisa Daggett adventures chasing marathons all over the country. “There is much more to this endeavor than just the running. Because I choose my events based on geography, I have done some races that I probably would not have even heard of Dr. Thomas A. otherwise,” he explains. Dr. Hallee has done very big events, like the New York and Chicago marathons, and very small events, including a race in South Dakota with only 25 participants. He has also done some odd events, such as Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon in Area 51—the only marathon he has run in the dark. Fortunately, Dr. Hallee enjoys the traveling as much as the running.
THE STARTING LINE That “something big” came in the form of a marathon in Dr. Hallee’s current home state in the Northwest. “At that race I saw a runner donning a 50 States Marathon Club T-shirt,” he notes. “When I questioned him about it, he explained that I would need to complete at least 10 marathons in 10 states just to join the club. I knew I had found my next challenge!” Over the past nine years, Dr. Hallee and his wife have shared many 30 LocumLife AUGUST 2010
Retirement is not for everyone, including 84-year-old John Balhuizen, MD. Read about his current schedule at locumlife.com/balhuizen.
Go to locumlife.com/goals for tips on setting and achieving goals—like running a marathon.
THE RACE TO 50 Over the years, Dr. Hallee has interwoven his locum tenens practice with other permanent positions. “I have done close to 30 temporary contracts across the country. I officially retired in 1997, and since then I have done nothing but locum tenens assignments,” he says. And—of course—marathon after www.LocumLife.com
Photos: courtesy of Thomas Hallee (top); courtesy of John Balhuizen (bottom)
inish 50 marathons in as many states—that’s the goal Thomas A. Hallee, MD, set in 2001, when he was turning 60 and looking to get in better physical shape. It may sound daunting to some, but Dr. Hallee was not starting from scratch. At the time, the veteran locum tenens psychiatrist had already traveled the world—and completed eight marathons. “I have always been a runner. I ran cross-country in school, and I always ran on my own, just for pleasure,” Dr. Hallee says. “Then in the 1980s, when my wife, Eileen, and I were living in Maui, we ran the Honolulu Marathon. I was hooked right away. We did that race for several years in a row, but when we later moved to Europe, we just fell out of the racing circuit. And even though I stayed active, my 60th birthday left me feeling sort of old, and I needed something big to get back on track.”
“Eileen and I have lived all over the world, and my recruiter calls me a pioneer of the locum tenens practice,” he states. “I began accepting opportunities more than 25 years ago, after I closed my private practice in Maui. After being stuck to a regular schedule, going anywhere and staying for as long or as short a time as I wanted was a dream come true. It was wonderful then, and it is still wonderful today.”
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A Little Locum Music
Mixing Business and Medicine
Media In Motion
La Vita Locum
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