Thursday, April 24, 2008
runners + 6 a.m. + inspiration = the SLC marathon
Last Saturday I was assigned to help out with the Salt Lake Marathon. My main post was the 5K, but I was able to catch a glimpse of the craziness behind the whole event...the marathon, the bike race, the 5K, the kid's marathon...the half marathon...yeah, that covers it, I think.
At the marathon finish line I watched in shock as the elite runners crossed. I was charged with making sure they weren't attacked by media before they were rested and ready for interviews. It was a bit hectic, but as I congratulated some very tired and pleased Africans, I caught more than just the spirit and energy of simply running fast and winning the race. The winner ran for more than the love of the sport--he will take home the prize money--enough to feed his entire village for a year. How much money is it!? $5,000.
So yes, the Marathon inspired me not so much to run, but to be grateful that I don't have to run 26 miles in 2 hours in order for my family and friends to be able to eat for the next year.
Here I am after the 5K started. It was fun to pretend...
Here's the crew I work with...EVERY DAY. We have fun. I love these guys.