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Durhams Delight in Keeping Active

Sep 19, 2014 10:04PM ● By Laura Ustanovska

As an active family, the Durhams, Janet, Mike, Amanda (20) and Chris (15) appreciate all the outdoor activities available in Lake Country. “We love to run on the Lake Country Trail next to our neighborhood and at Lapham Peak - Delafield, WI, bike on the Lake Country and Glacial Drumlin trails, kayak on Beaver Lake and snowshoe in the winter,” says Janet.

The Durhams take running seriously and occasionally beyond the bounds of Lake Country. Mike was an IRONMAN Wisconsin triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run) finisher in 2007 and 2011. He has also completed marathons in Milwaukee and Arizona and participated in seven half marathons.

Janet has completed five marathons, most recently in Charlevoix, Michigan, where the rest of the family competed in half marathons.

Amanda completed her first half marathon in June and will be running in the Chicago Marathon on October 12 to benefit the Dance Marathon student organization at the University of Iowa. Dance Marathon raises funds for youth cancer patients at Children's Hospital in Iowa City. “Amanda participated in the 24-hour dance marathon fundraiser in February,” explains Janet, “and was so touched by the patients and their families that she is excited to take part in this event again next February.”

Amanda is part of the University of Iowa Trihawks Triathlon Team and competed at the USAT Collegiate Nationals in Tempe, Arizona, last April. She plans to compete again next spring.

Chris has finished two half marathons, including the Brewers Mini Marathon – he is an avid Brewers fan! “Chris loves sports and played select baseball with the Hartland Hawks from age 9-14,” recalls Janet. “In high school, at University Lake School in Hartland, he has been active in cross country, basketball and track.”

Although happily settled in the Arbors since 2003, Janet and Mike both grew up in Michigan. They met during their senior year at Michigan State University, where Janet studied medical technology and Mike majored in electrical engineering. The couple married during Janet's last year of medical school while Mike was working at Albert Kahn Associates and also working towards his MBA.

Amanda was born during Janet's pathology residency. “We were fortunate to have my parents watch Amanda during the day,” relates Janet. However, a fellowship took the family to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. During this time, Mike stayed home with Amanda.

Happy to return to the friendly Midwest, Mike and Janet both found positions in Wisconsin in 1996. “I joined Great Lakes Pathologists, SC,” explains Janet, “and Mike began working with Milliman as an actuarial analyst.”

Janet's parents, Jack and Marilyn Richards, moved from Dearborn, Michigan, to Brookfield in 1997 after Jack retired. “Christopher was born in 1998, and my parents were able to watch him the first year just like they had with Amanda,” says Janet.

Janet, who chose pathology because she found it both challenging and fascinating to diagnose diseases that will help guide patients' treatments, is still with Great Lakes Pathologists. She works primarily at the Aurora West Allis Medical Center but occasionally rotates closer to home and works at the Aurora Summit Medical Center.

Besides their shared passion for fitness, the Durhams also love to travel. “One of our favorite travel destinations is the big island of Hawaii,” shares Janet. “There is a pathology conference that I have gone to over the years and brought the family, and we have many wonderful memories of Hawaii together.”

This year has been a big year for travel. March found the Durhams in Las Vegas and Utah, hiking at Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. In April, Mike and Janet traveled to Arizona to watch Amanda compete in the USAT nationals.

Since both Mike and Janet are celebrating “big” birthdays (50) this fall, the family celebrated early with a trip to Europe over the summer. “We flew into Brussels, Belgium, then enjoyed Bruges and Ghent,” says Janet. “We took the TGV (high-speed train) to Paris to see the sights. Our next stop was Beaune, France, in the Burgundy region for a bike and wine tasting tour. Our final stop was Lucerne, Switzerland, for hiking in the Alps. It was a fabulous trip with a lot of wonderful memories.”

As enjoyable as travel is, there is no place like home – especially when home is in Delafield. The family belongs to Delafield Presbyterian Church and have been active members since moving to Delafield. Chris and Janet are part of the bell choir and enjoy participating in community service work through the church.

The Durhams love the view of Pewaukee Lake and the woods behind their home. “We remember how excited we were that there were other playsets in backyards when we first saw our current home,” reminisces Janet. “The first day of school brought six different families of children to our bus stop. Now those same kids are in or nearing college.”

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