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Inspirations, Warriors, Angels and Victors: Team LOL’s Run Across Illinois Pre-Postscript

Every once in a while life allows us the rare opportunity to really live, in the moment for an extended period of time, undisturbed and unfazed by distractions from the outside world.  Beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, August 17, and all the way through 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, my life had but one purpose: get my friends from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan as they ran 161 miles along the northern border of Illinois.

To say it was one of the most phenomenal experiences of my life would be an understatement.

Which is why a typical race report will not suffice.  How does one even begin to summarize the myriad stories, themes and struggles that developed over 58 harrowing hours?

It is impossible.

Yet, not impossible.  In fact, if I learned anything over this past weekend, it’s that pure guts and determination and confidence can overcome anything.

ANY.

THING.

So instead of the typical race report, I’m going to take on my biggest literary challenge yet.  It may take some time — I may get tired, I may bonk, I may do the zombie walk — but for someone who enjoys hours and hours and hours of perpetual motion in the way of running, sitting down for the hours and hours and hours it will take to flesh out this epic tale seems quite fitting.  And now, it also seems doable.

So to Juan, Chuck, Kamil, Tony, Brian, Mike, Kathy, Scott and the steady stream of heroic volunteer pacers and crew who made Team LOL’s Run Across Illinois a beaming success, I tip my cap.

And I thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.  You inspired me beyond words, and you also showed me that if you really care about something enough, you will find a way.

I am going to find a way.

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Team LOL’s Run Across Illinois was done to raise money for Chicago youth charity Chicago Run.  And there is still time to help!  Please consider supporting this worthy cause so that today’s youth can overcome the obesity crisis that it currently faces.  You can support Team LOL’s efforts for Chicago Run *HERE*.

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3 responses

  1. Dan

    I know the feeling. After I did the Ragnar Relay from Madison to Chicago (which I’m sure paled in comparison to your epic run), I ended up writing a ton. It might still be my biggest post ever. So yes, let your long form writing go nuts.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:48

    • Now that you know this wasn’t a relay, go back and think about what these folks did again. 161 miles. That’s more than Badwater, almost 100K more than any 100, and basically a LOT of corn to look at 😉

      August 26, 2012 at 12:25

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