Inaugural Freedom’s Run Marathoners,
First I want to congratulate each of you for an amazing achievement on running this challenging race and battling the hills of Antietam.
We are designing a commemorative medal in the theme of John Brown for ALL finishers. We will also get you all some of the extra goodies- bags, bottles…you all deserve this and more. We also have some extra posters we will send. You all are the cornerstone of this event.
And so with this I say I’m done feeling sorry for myself – I’m back.
Running a marathon or race no matter what your time is – is an achievement. A 2:30 marathoner and a 6:00 marathoner run the same course – they both cover the same 26.2 miles on the same day – they both have achieved greatness.
This summer my book club read the Glass Castle. It was an amazingly interesting story of one woman’s struggle – her escape from extreme poverty in West Virginia to living in New York City and becoming a successful author. Up until Saturday I did not fully grasp the book. Some of the poverty I saw while running the race and while driving through West Virginia was insane. I’m sure these people live on less a week than I paid as an entry fee to run Freedom’s Run. And to think that I was sad about a time on a clock. Running faster than I could have ever dreamed is something that I should not take for granite and hopefully never will again.
In all my self pity I truly forgot what is really important in life. Friends, Family, and Freedom.
**Thank you Mark Cucuzzella for giving me one less thing to complain about – I’m REALLY looking forward to getting my medal and I will forever know in my heart that I certainly earned it.