January 4, 2012
Szekeresh said he was enthralled watching the botafumerio or ‘smoke thrower’ censer. The censer is a 4-foot long silver incense burner that is suspended from the 90-foot ceiling by a 3-inch hemp rope. Through a pulley system below the roof and a series of coordinated pulling by five men, in a cloud of billowing smoke the censer swings just over the heads of the viewers
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Martin Szekeresh has a thirst for adventure. It is a condition that has plagued him for many years and resulted in a treasure trove of memories and great stories. He quenches that thirst with frequent visits to the Grand Canyon. In fact, he is planning a camping trip there next week – yes, next week, the first week of January. Every year he hikes it from rim to rim on his birthday. Szekeresh is 73. That thirst for adventure has been satiated over the years through events for ultra runners too – such as the Zane Grey 50-Mile Run, numerous 100-mile runs and multiple marathons. A number of years ago Szekeresh and one of his brothers also ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.