Keeping Up With Clayton

Keeping up with Clayton -- Welcome to this blog space...where fans and friends of Clayton Klein may gather to share the adventures of this inspiring nonagenarian. A native of Michigan, Clayton loves to spread the word about the beauty of our state and the health benefits of walking. Follow along. I know you'll come to appreciate his creative spirit and positive outlook about living life to the fullest, no matter what your age

Following the Footprints of Clayton Klein

From Paradise on the shores of Lake Superior (Longfellow's Gitche Gumee)to Hell (MI) and Beyond to Ohio...Fowlerville, Michigan's Clayton Klein celebrated his 90th birthday in 2009 and his 5th annual 420-mile walk for Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Sept. 4-28.

This year 2013, at 94, he's still walking, still trailblazing, and leading by example to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking.

Follow him on his journey... as he continues to leave footprints on the trail and on the hearts of many Michiganders.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Walking the Palm of the Mitten

Hello Clayton fans,

The 5th Annual Walk from Paradise to Hell & Beyond to Ohio is on and the walking's fine with Clayton Klein September 4-28, 2009! If you can keep up, that is!

Come Walk With Me! That's the slogan, always, for The Walking Man....who celebrated his 90th birthday this February.

Winding his way down the middle of the Mitten, Clayton's having some wonderful adventures, and looks forward to having a great turnout of folks as he travels downstate to Lansing, home to Fowlerville, on to Hell and this year following M52 into Ohio.

Michigan Hospice Organization features him on the front page of their website: Schedules are there and contribution forms also.

You can look him up on my website (needs much work, but the schedules are there.)

You can buy a commemorative tee, if you'd like, from Craig and Gail Backus who own EmbroidMe in Birmingham and have graciously helped me figure out a design using Laurie McDowell's drawing of The Walking Man (Shes from Chelsea and her sister Lynne McLean is Clayton's neighbor and right-hand assistant for publicity... besides looking after his garden while he's gone).

The tees I got a few of are safety green (I know, blindingly bright) which we picked as advocates for safe walking. There are other colors available. If you order right away, you could have them by next week. The back is the Walking Man drawing, and the front is an outline of Michigan and his route. You can see them on Facebook at Clayton Klein, the Walking Man, or go to the site:

I'll be writing about Clayton for one of my articles for the new online news site launching Oct. 1, called Here's a promo video that's fun.

If that link doesn't work go to YouTube and put in

I've started a blog for him at

It would be delightful if you had a moment to go look and make comments!

If you have any suggestions, please email me.

It's not too late to walk! Come out and enjoy beautiful Michigan with Clayton Klein!

There's an article about him in the Detroit News, in which I'm interviewed about Clayton. Embarrassing....but there I am. My age all over the state, and my wimpy walking...but I'll share:

90-year-old walking man

Clayton will be walking to Ithaca Thursday, St. Johns Friday, Lansing Saturday...all down Old US 27. Rest Sunday and Monday and then starting out Tuesday at Flapjack Shack in Lansing to Webberville, Wednesday through Fowlerville and to Mason Road south of Howell, and Thursday on to Hell, Friday to Chelsea, Saturday to Manchester, on to Ohio Monday 28th

I look forward to walking in Ithaca, Williamston to Webberville, Fowlerville, Hell, maybe Manchester.

And somehow I have to break my six mile limit I happened to mention in the News! We'll see...the main thing is to get out and enjoy this beautiful state with a remarkable nonagenarian! Inspiration for us all.

All things walking!


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