So starting with the most important part of the day, Tom Crull, race director, led us in the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, then introduced veterans who had come out for the race. Today we were honored to be joined by veterans who served during WW2, one guy who returned from Afghanistan a couple of weeks ago, and many in between. I can't help but be moved thinking about the sacrifices they and their families made serving our country, and thinking about the many men and women who don't come home. And of course I remember my grandfather's proud service during WW2 and my father's service in the Navy. Running a trail race seems so insignificant in light of their service, but the freedom to enjoy such hobbies and other pleasures of life is one reason they fight. Thanks to all our veterans!
|Granddaddy and Dad with the Mastin boys at Granddaddy's 95th birthday party.|
I probably should have a picture of them in uniform, but I don't think I do.
Of course, trail running is not all about the times. (At least for me; I know I'll never be a front runner, unlike Matt, who won the whole enchilada for the second consecutive year! Way to go Matt!) Trail running, for me, is about running in a beautiful setting and pushing my body harder than I normally do.
|Lake Grapevine's north shore has awesome single track. The shade was welcome today.|
|Char and Fred, President and First Gentleman of NTTR.|