ANDERSON — Peter Kirkwood wants to run 58 miles for No. 58 — the football jersey number worn by his late brother, Tal, at Anderson University.
Peter Kirkwood will make a solo run Saturday, leaving Fishers and arriving at Anderson University at about 11 a.m. before heading back home.
At AU, he hopes he'll be joined by others in paying tribute to his brother and anyone interested in raising awareness about heart disease. A memorial service is set for 11:45 a.m. at Macholtz Stadium, followed by a noon lunch.
“When I was thinking about doing a tribute for him, his number 58 Anderson University football jersey number came to mind. Then when I looked it so happened that Fishers is approximately 26 miles from Anderson University, which is the distance of a marathon. I am doubling that number,” said Kirkwood.
Kirkwood and the Loco Bro Running team are calling it a "58 for 58" run. Saturday would have been Tal's 41st birthday. An Anderson native, he died unexpectedly on Jan. 8 of heart disease at the age of 40.
Kirkwood’s goal is to raise $5,858 for the American Heart Association.
AU football player
Anderson held a special place for Tal Kirkwood.
He was a legacy, following in the footsteps of his father, his mother and other relatives who all attended Anderson University, said brother Peter.
David Talbott "Tal" Kirkwood was born in Anderson, reared in South Carolina and lived in Okinawa, Japan, before moving to Anderson to attend AU. While at AU, Tal played football and helped anchor the offensive line during the team's undefeated run to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title in 1993. He graduated in 1996.
“Winning the HCAC conference championship was the highlight of his football career at Anderson,” said Tal’s brother, Peter.
Tal met his wife, Jenny Hatchell Kirkwood, while at AU, and they have three children, Jack, Maggie and Charlie. Tal had been a district sales manager for Alcon Laboratories for 15 years and had just been hired by Salix Pharmaceuticals.