Saturday, June 29, 2024

The Western States 100 Mile Race

My eyes are riveted to this year's Western States 100 Mile Race out in California. Here's the livestream. 

I will never run a 100 mile race let alone a 50 mile race. 32 miles is about all I can handle. I say it over and over again, but truly one of the greatest gifts that running has given me is the global community of runners, many of whom I've met because of all the races I attend. You can strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and it's never awkward. 

There's a genuine "we're all in this together" feeling among runners. I leave every race in awe of the accomplishment of so many different kinds of people, including runners older than me who are still chasing down their goals. 

Watching the WS 100 reminds me of the greatness of the sport -- the runners' strength and endurance is beyond admiration. Did I forget to mention that racing is fun? Events like the WS 100 make it that way. Just witness the aid stations. As you watch the livestream, you can't help but get caught up in the atmosphere. 

These kinds of racing moments transfer to every other aspect of our lives. They will always be special to me as long as live.