November 23, 2014

Iosco County man running for Michigan, runs through Standish

James Kuch
Gorge Morse runs down M-61 on his way through Standish.
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STANDISH — George Morse is running 1,000 miles in Michigan to motivate people across the state to turn the economy around.

Morse, from Iosco County, ran five miles through Standish on Wednesday, Sept. 15, as part of his awareness campaign. Morse said he will be running five miles in 200 separate cities across the state.

“I have three goals,” he said. “My first is to help small business owners be successful. The second is to help communities improve their local economy. The third goal is to help the state of Michigan get remotivated.”

Morse said he has been a small business owner for 17 years, and a personal development coach for six years. He added that he recently reached his one 100th mile at the Labor Day run across the Mackinaw Bridge.

“I am here today just finishing off the northeast part of the lower peninsula,” he said. “After I finish here, I am going to Pinconning. By the end of today I will have completed 130 miles.”

Morse said his mission is a simple one.

“I know people in this state are not satisfied with how the state is performing,” he said. “There are a lot of things we can be doing better. We can’t keep waiting for others to help us out of this economic situation. We have to help ourselves.”

Morse said he believes that small business owners will become leaders in a restructured economy in the state.

“I believe that small business owners will become leaders as our economy gets recreated,” he said.

Morse has been traveling around the state with a camera, filming his experiences without sponsorships or any financial backing.

“I am doing this all on my own,” he said. “Motivation is what I do. I just want to help people.”

Morse began running on July 23, and said if one person sees his journey as a good example, it’s worth it.

“It just takes one person setting a spark to light a fire,” he said. “It’s not what you say that matters, it’s what you do.”

Morse said he plans to end his 1,000 mile trip in Lansing on April 28, 2011.

To follow Morse’s journey, visit his website, www.thousandmilesformichigan.com.

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