Chasing Al Roker. Al Roker is in Bozeman and I’m hot on his trail…
So, I’m outside the Bozeman library doing some work when all of a sudden this gentleman jogged passed me…I saw him out of my peripheral vision and knew right away who it was as I often watch him on T.V. in the mornings. I thought for a minute as to what I should do and then I decided…I’m going to chase this guy until he stops, then I will tell him my story and see if he’d be willing to help out.
This gentleman was not jogging very fast and I’m a fast walker, so I just tried to keep up…unfortunately I was lugging my 20lb briefcase. I decided to capture a bit of video along the way as you will see below, however as I did so, I started to lose some ground. I started running again to close the gap. I wanted to be respectful and wait until he stopped before approaching, but this guy just kept running and running.
Now I’m at least a mile into this endeavor, but I’m committed, this could be my big break and I need to take the chance.
I’m guessing I’m 2+ miles into this thing and I’m calling friends to ask what I should do.
3 miles in, I see this young woman on a bike…I fill her in on the situation and get her to empathize…she rides up to the jogger and asks him, “Are you Al Roker?” She flashes the sign and then rides back over to me. I confirm with her that in fact it is Al Roker. Al is now out of sight and has witnessed me following him…I don’t want him to think I’m a stalker, so I ask the young lady, “If I pay you $20 will you go back and give him my card?” She declined as she was 5-mo pregnant and just needed to get home (BTW Winter, I really appreciate what you did do).a
I thanked her and took off after Al. To my delight Al began coming right toward me. I politely introduced myself while jogging along side him. I shared my story and told him I thought it would be compelling for NBC. He graciously asked for my card…and on he went…
As I chased Al Roker I was completely unaware of my surroundings—I was now lost. I was however, able to pick the trail again…funny enough, I ran into Al again. I asked him (while camera was running) if he would mind saying something like “I’m Al Roker on the road with Mike’s Road Trip.” He declined, saying he’d rather not. Therefore, as a courtesy I will not show the last encounter. I don’t blame him; he must have run 7-10 miles and was just a bit disheveled. I’m really impressed with Al, he has really slimmed down and 7-10 miles is no easy jog. The weather however was just perfect in Bozeman…how apropos. 🙂
So, we’ll just have to wait and see what Al does with my card. 🙂
If you didn’t find this post funny, well, at least I amused myself. LOL! If you don’t believe it was Al Roker, read the story in the local newspaper.