Magical. There is no other way to describe today.
We had runners from Germany, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Runners had flown in from Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin. A set of brothers had flown in from California, a set of brothers had flown in from Utah and Idaho. One runner was celebrating his 40th birthday with this marathon, one runner was celebrating his 40th marathon. There were runners of all ages and abilities, some running well under four hours, some taking six. Many finished their first marathon today, many didn’t make it as far as they had hoped and vouched to keep trying in the future and to never give up. Some set PR’s today, some just cruised and enjoyed the atmosphere. Everybody seemed to sincerely enjoy the experience, but none so much as me.
I saw new friendships being made, runners exchanging phone numbers and email addresses. I saw people helping those that were struggling, and at points we were all struggling. I witnessed people being really good to each other, being extremely supportive and compassionate toward one another. Today I saw the best in human nature, and I felt so fortunate that my family, myself, and all of the Endurance 50 team could be there to share in the occasion.
The only bummer news is, like tonight, I will have limited access to a computer for the next several days. I’ll do all that I can to get something posted, and will definitely come back to these days afterward and complete the story.
For now, I feel good, a little sleep deprived, but good. I’m still staying focused on the task at hand, and not getting ahead of myself. Tomorrow, I will try my best. That is my commitment. Hopefully there will be a next day, and a next, but for now I’ll just keep putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward one step at a time.
The Endurance 50 Family (and we have truly become family)
P.S. The “finish party” in New York City will be on November 5th from 12:00-4:00 PM. The location is at The North Face retail store: 2101 Broadway (at 73rd), New York, (not far from the NYC Marathon finish). Phone number: 212-362-1000
All Endurance 50 participants (at any of the 50 marathons across the country), guests and fans are welcomed. So please swing by if you can. We’d love to see you!