Monday, October 6, 2014

Race-tastic Weekend

Kathrine Switzer said it perfectly when she said, "if you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon".  The same can be said of a long distance triathlon.

This weekend was full of so much happiness, and most of it was because of other people and their achievements.

Two thumbs up for volunteering!

Every year Mike and I have volunteered for the Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon on Lake Ontario and this year was no different. For the third year we made our way to Barker, New York to cheer on and support amazing athletes. We woke up extremely early so that we could get in our own training (an 18 mile run) and then we spent all afternoon and evening manning the mile 4/mile 11 aid station on the run course.

 I don't know what Mike is doing, ha.

Since we raced at the Lake Erie venue in June, we know how lonely the race can get sometimes. It is still on the smaller side and given that it is an out and back type of course, you don't see that many people. We made sure to bring our cowbells and cheer everyone on as they made their way through our aid station.

I loved seeing so many people out there battling the rain, wind and colder temperatures with smiles on their faces! I know that some people were hurting, but they pushed through and they finished their 100 mile victory lap which is an amazing feat!

Yesterday we finished our weekend by cheering on friends and strangers at the Wineglass Marathon. Even more happiness that was extremely contagious - I can't wait for the Philly Marathon now! I was so proud of everyone that we knew running the race, even though all of them didn't accomplish everything that they set out to do they still had smiles on their faces the majority of the time.

 Team Watermelon signs! (I need to fix mine to be a darker outline!)

There are times when I get down about whatever is going on in my life, but then I have weekends like the one I just had that remind me what it is all about.

6 comments:

  1. I was so excited to see you two there! Thanks for cheering me on! Usually I don't see anyone I know along the route except for at those manning water stations because it takes a whole town of volunteers to pull this off!

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    1. I was so happy that we saw you too! I feel like that always happens, we see each other unexpectedly! You did great!

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  2. Spectating is so much fun! I'll be at the Steamtown Marathon to cheer on some coworkers/friends, and I can't wait. It's nice to be on the other side of things sometimes. If anything, it makes you appreciate racing even more!

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  3. How great of you to spectate! I was thinking of this very thing in the final miles of yesterday's long run. How there's sort of a magic in the agony late in endurance races. All the ego and pretenses are stripped away and what's left is the pure goodness of humanity. Ok I sound delirious.

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    1. I definitely get what you mean! Sometimes the suffering is what makes it worth it!

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  4. So awesome that you are so supportive of the sunning community in your area.

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