Sarah Palin Runs… in a Half-Marathon Kind of Way


While I was sitting on roller coasters on Saturday, Sarah Palin was in the running — just not in the political sense:

The morning after Palin’s speech at a tea party rally in Indianola, Greta Van Susteren of Fox News posted a photo she said was snapped of Palin during the “Jump Right in and Run” half-marathon organized by the Storm Lake Running Club.

Hannah Campbell, webmaster of the Storm Lake Running Club, confirmed the former Alaska governor’s participation in the event. She said Palin’s official time was 1 hour 46 minutes 10 seconds.

Palin ran under “Sarah Heath,” her maiden name (if I ran in a half marathon the record would show my name as “dead on arrival”). She finished second in the 40-49 division, running an average eight minute mile for 13 miles.

Did anybody see her speech Saturday? I watched it last night and thought I missed an announcement earlier, because she was talking about “my plan,” which makes it sound as if she’s leaning towards a run, but there was no announcement during that event.

Palin is in New Hampshire today for a noon speech in Manchester, and possibly an appearance in Nashua later on in the afternoon. If she hasn’t announced a run officially by the end of the day, it’s highly unlikely she’ll be entering the race. A Fox News poll found that 74% of Republicans don’t want her to enter the race — but maybe that’s why Palin’s speech Saturday included the following homonym play to dismiss that: “Polls are for strippers and cross country skiers.”

Happy Labor Day all! We’ll be back up and running full speed as the week goes on.