NEWS: WXOU DJ runs metro Detroit marathons

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb


D'Aleo pictured on right.

D’Aleo pictured on right.

Meet Cosimo D’Aleo.  You may know him from his show that he co-hosts with Aaron Flohr, “Schadenfreude Time” which airs every Wednesday morning from 7-8am on our very own 88.3FM WXOU Radio.  But did you know that he is a runner?

On Sunday, September 29th, D’Aleo ran the Brooksie Way Marathon on the campus of Oakland University in two hours and 27 minutes, two minutes slower than last year.

“I prepared for 12 weeks prior to the race by running 4-5 times per week, at an increasingly difficult pace.  Also, the regime I followed had me slowly increasing the mileage every week and a half.  In September, I ran nearly 150 miles,” D’Aleo said.

He did not stop there.  D’Aleo will run the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon on Sunday, October 20th for the first time.  The marathon course takes runners around downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, crossing the Ambassador Bridge and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.  It also takes the participants through historic neighborhoods, around Belle Isle, and along the RiverWalk.

“I’ve never been very athletic, so for me to accomplish anything remotely physical would be great.  I am going to wear that medal around like Mr. T,” D’Aleo joked.

“After the marathon, I will be taking off a month, eating as many cheeseburgers and as much Asian food as possible.  Then… back to training!”

WXOU News will be present at the marathon on Sunday, cheering D’Aleo on along with the rest of the runners.  Watch for a follow-up story next week.