When the news broke last week of Steve Jobs’ retirement, I’m sure you reflected on all that the great man created during this two tenures as Apple CEO.
However, quiet reflection isn’t enough for Apple enthusiast Joseph Tame who showed his appreciation towards Steve Jobs by running a 21km half marathon across Tokyo.
The route Tame took shaped the Apple logo.
Tame mapped his iRoute, took to the streets, and with the aid of iPhone app Run Keeper he recorded his route.
Ever since Tames’ first Apple purchase five years ago; he was hooked.
Having an iPhone really has changed my life here in Tokyo. It means I can go anywhere without getting lost, I have all my data with me at all times, I’m potentially in touch with thousands of friends and family members around the world at all times, and I have access to any information I might need to do what I need to do. Whilst I’m sure this would make a big difference back home in the UK, here in Japan it’s like a lifeline (even more so now it can warn me when an earthquake is about to hit).
Oh, it also means I can broadcast marathons, and paint pretty pictures on the roads with GPS.
It’s for this that I’d like to personally show my appreciation to Steve for his vision and leadership, which has made a direct positive impact upon my life. His work has also served to revolutionise the mobile phone industry, something that was desperately needed here more than anywhere. I’d like to wish Steve all the best, and hope that his health improves fast now he’s able to focus more on getting well again.
This morning’s run, which spanned central Tokyo, took me first down the western side of the Imperial Palace, across to Roppongi, through Omotesando, then up to Shinjuku. The leaf is in Kagurazaka, and the start/finish point just by the entrance to Yasukuni Shrine.
I love this. Great job and a really special tribute.