Blazing a path
I forgot to ask Abe Alizadeh how old he is. I’ll guess late 60s. No matter his age though, he’s in spectacular shape to be able to run up the sledding hill outside Soldier Field in Chicago 10 times a day. Much less in the middle of a scorching hot stretch of weather like we’re having these days.
Alizadeh, originally from Israel and now lives in Hyde Park while he works as a professor at the University of Chicago, says he wears a dog tag while he runs “just in case I drop dead so they can figure out who the heck I am,” he jokes. I watched him run up the steep hill about seven times, pausing to collect his breath at the top each time before walking back down to repeat the process. Wore me out just watching.