KLIN’s Jack Mitchell walks 13 miles after losing weather bet
By: Jenn Schanz
Recently, Jack Mitchell promised KLIN listeners that Lincoln wouldn't have temperatures below 60 degrees until this fall, or he would walk across town.
This week we saw some highs only in the 30's, not to mention the 3 inches of snow we got on Wednesday.
And Jack kept his word, much to the surprise of his co–host, Dave Miller.
“I did not think for a second he would go through. He shoots his mouth off on the air all the time, it drives me nuts. And when he said I'm going to walk from one end of town to the other, I'm like no you're not, he says no I'm going to do it. And he ended up doing it. I'm very proud of him,” Miller says.
Equipped with Husker attire and “Walk of Shame” branded water bottles, Jack began his trek at North Star High at 5:00 a.m., and walked 12.8 miles to Southwest High.
Jack saw the bet-gone-wrong as a way to lift peoples spirits about this less than spring–like weather.
“Everyone's crabby and everyone's tired of it. I thought, good. This way, people can watch me suffer and they can make me the scapegoat for all the terrible weather. I'm fine to take on that role, so we did that,” he says.
Along the way, Jack gave back by humoring his listeners.
Sporting a diaper, crab walking by the capitol building, even pulling a real estate broker in a wagon, he indulged in a variety of fan–inspired dares to raise money for the Jack and Dave in the Morning Charity Dare Fund.
The day's dares brought in just over a thousand dollars for the fund, which will go towards Lincoln charities.
Aside from the great workout, Jack said feeling the community love was the most rewarding part of his walk of shame.
“I've lived here all my life, love Lincoln, but the chance to actually be on foot and go through the whole thing is not something many people can say they did, so I love that. That and nonstop people honking and waving…keep going, great job, it was awesome.”
Greeting him at the finish line around 10:00 a.m. were hundreds of cheering Southwest High school students, who, despite the 30 degree weather, were happy to be outside.