This is a card that I was sent from my friends Todd and Helene and I think it is so beautiful that I want to share it with all of you. It is so fitting for all those running the Marathon des Sables (nearly 900 people!), or for those of you running any other race or just the fact that we believe in all of you!
WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!!!!
Photo: me with Todd during the Badwater Double (2006).
They are on the 5-8 hour bus ride right now to the starting line and they were given the road map book and the distances of each day. Here is what they are looking at! Keep in mind they have 2 days to complete day four! Distances are as follows
Day 1 (Sunday) – 31.6k (19.6 miles)
Day 2 (Monday) - 38k (23.6 miles)
Day 3 (Tuesday) - 40.5k (25.2 miles)
Day 4 (Wednesday & into Thursday) – 75.5k (46.9 miles)
Day 5 (Thursday) - rest day (because not everyone finishes Day 4 on Day 4)
Day 6 (Friday) - 42.2k (26.2 miles)
Day 7 (Saturday) - 17.5k (10.9 miles)
Total distance = 245.3k (152.4 miles)
Jeff has his Blackberry and sent this note to me! Jeff has done so much to prepare for this race and I want to share his story with you. He has a beautiful wife, Jessie, and four amazing children: 6-year-old son, Jake, and sisters, Emma, 4, Sami, 2, and 8-month-old daughter, Gracie. Jeff’s MDS fundraising efforts are particularly in honor of supporting research and resources that will help Jake and Gracie who have children's interstitial lung disease. Read this great article about Jeff.
And then read Jeff’s comical blackberry note from the bus: "We just stopped for lunch and got off the bus. what a bus ride through the mountains. I have flip flops on and I stepped on a scorpion, scared the pants off of me. It is amazing that the race has not even started yet and people already STINK!!!!"
Photo: Tonight, MDS competitors start to sleep in tents. It's truth time...you discover who in your tent snores!! :)