Monday, April 11, 2011

This Email Made My Day

I received an email from a friend that I mostly hung with in 7th - 12th grade.  I am a year older than he, and have not seen him in about 10 years.  Here it is, a little edited:
I am on a flight to Orlando for business reading Runners World and reminiscing. In 13 days I will line up to run the Boston Marathon as a 50 year old 3:35:13 qualifier. 13 days later I will guide a buddy in his first marathon in OKC.

It was you who started this in September of 1974 when you suggested I give X-C a one week chance. I'll never forget showing up at the first practice in cut off jeans and sneakers unable to finish the 2 mile warm up!

Three years later my friend, Coach S. entered the scene and brought my enjoyment of running (and performance) to another level.

Here I am 33 years later back at it, running for a cause, my son Jeff. At the end of this month I will have raised almost $200,000 for the A-T Childrens Project since 2003. My thanks to you for inspiring me so many years ago.


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