Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz is making good on his promise to walk to Kokomo if Indiana Pacers guard Jamal Tinsley was still on the roster come the opening of the NBA season. Tinsley is, and Kravitz begins his trek today—sort of.
Kravitz made his pledge repeatedly this summer and fall on WFNI-AM 1070, where he hosts a drive-time show with Eddie White, who relentlessly badgered Kravitz about his vow. Kravitz said he was merely waiting for Emmis Communications—WFNI’s parent company—to arrange the logistics of the walk.
Due to safety concerns and highway traffic issues, Kravitz will walk the first 34 miles of the journey on a treadmill in the atrium of the Emmis building located on Monument Circle, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and then walk the remaining miles into Kokomo on U.S. 31 on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. He will end up at the Buffalo Wild Wings at 1803 East Markland Avenue at around 3 p.m., where he and Eddie White will do their regularly scheduled show.
Local celebrities have been invited to join Kravitz on an adjacent treadmill in the Emmis atrium to bring awareness and donations to the ALS Association, which is dedicated to improving the lives of those who suffer from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Starting Kravitz, 48, off on his walk will be Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels. There has been no word yet on the odds makers’ line on Kravitz successfully completing the entire trek. Early word is that it will be considerably higher than the Pacers’ odds of actually trading Tinsley any time soon.