Many valuable lessons can be learned through running and racing. Hard work, dedication, patience, and perseverance. The importance of recovery, and paying attention to the little things. The ability to deal with pain; to expect, embrace, and push through it. Dealing with victories and defeat. But in the end it's just running. There is so much more to life, and sometimes we are reminded of how precious it is.
Five of our TEAMmates were in a car accident late Friday night, and two of them were taken to the hospital. Chunky (Adam Hedquist) has a bunch of stitches on his head to go along with some fractured ribs and a fractured pelvis. He's obviously in a lot of pain, but won't stop joking around and staying positive. The first questions he asked were, "How's Connor?" and "When can I run again?" CoJo (Connor Jones) took the brunt of the force and is in the ICU with a fractured skull, eye socket, ribs, and pelvis. He was less mobile, but is staying positive and expected to recover fully, albeit slowly. Neither has been able to eat or sleep much. They've been grateful for all the visits and have felt the love from so many, but the hospital has asked us to not visit Connor anymore until further notice. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Everything seems so frivolous after an event like this, but I know our TEAMmates would want us to be strong and continue on. We have a lot of great things going on this week.
The parade organizers have asked us to kick off the parade at 4:30 this Thursday by running with the flags. That should still give us plenty of time to make it to the TEAM dinners.
We'll be having our TEAM dinners Thursday at 6:00. We'll make assignments during our meetings on Monday and Tuesday. The boys will be at the Hogans and the girls at the Spackmans.
The Region One Championships are Friday, October 6th. The top 4 teams will go to the State Championships.
3:00- JV Girls
3:30- JV Boys
4:00- Varsity Girls - Ellie L, Ruth W, Madeline E, Rosie S, Sarah W, Sydney H, Sara M, Abi W, Megan A, Kate S
4:30- Varsity Boys - Seth S, McKennion M, Porter V, Derek T, CJ R, Jared H, Trey F, Carson K, Zach J, Jacob H
5:15- Awards Ceremony at Kenley Amphitheater
For a lot of you, this is your last official race of the cross country season. Let's make it count.