Monday, May 7, 2012

The Mountain Goat Children's Run

On Sunday morning over 3,000 runners toed the starting line in Syracuse for one of the largest local running events of the year: The Mountain Goat.  This hilly 10 mile course is a personal favorite of mine for its challenging terrain, excellent competition, and phenomenal public support.
 This year, however, Sam and I chose to forgo "The Goat" so that we could focus on our upcoming sub15 attempt at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet.  This gave us the chance to help organize the children's 1/2mile run.  The kids' race was a huge success.  Over 100 children participated. Everyone got a medal.  Only one boy fell.  Cheering, candy, and smiles were abundant.  It reminded me why I love running; not because of PRs, but because of the overwhelming sense of community one can't help but feel when involved with an event like this. Whether Sam and I break 15:00 next week seems irrelevant when compared to the satisfaction from running experiences like this.

1 comment:

  1. I would sacrifice three of those kids' lives for a 14-minute 5k.