Monday, September 10, 2007

Wow!!! What a few weeks it has been

Good morning and happy Monday!!!

I don't even know where to start. Life has been a roller coaster of many thing's the past few weeks all of which are good.
The week before the Teton races we had many friends and runner's coming and going from our house. George V. always comes a week before to help us with many thing's that need to be done for the race, we are so thankful for his help! Not to mention he is not a 2 time finisher of the GTR 100!!!!
Thank you to Terry who drove all the way from Chicago to help Jay mark the course, a course that was like the yellow brook road:)
Bob Becker who I talked into running the 100 mile just 2 weeks before did about anything we asked him to do as far as helping out and had an amazing race.
The list goes on and on of those who were here before, during and after to help and thank you will never be enough, just know we are thankful.
The race was such a great success and we have so many more new things we will add next year to continue to make it even better.

We thank Grand Targhee for helping us put on a great event, all of our sponsors, Colleen, Cathy Sharon and Shannon for the endless hours they spent on the race. Thank you to Olga for all her endless hours helping all over the course.
How about those fast updates and photos?????? How about the amazing aid station volunteers??

On a personal note and as a coach I could not be happier than I was at our races. I only left the finish line for less than 2 hours all weekend. It was such a thrill to see so many past and present students in action!
This summer we had track workouts each week and over half of the people who came to track
ran one of the races and most all students won an award!!!
Here is a list of students that I want to give a BIG..WAY TO RUN AWARD!!!
Darrn Worts, Mike Ehredt,Michael Evans,Laurie Andrews, Alex Nemat,Lori Bantekas...(all in the top 10 of the 100)!!
Becky Clements,Anthony Portera Jackqueline Florine, Meredith Murphy, Leigh Corbin, George Velasco (all in the top 20-30 in the 100)!!!
Zahon Billimoria (WON THE MARATHON)!! Katheleen Crowley, Aaron Davis, Rick Wall, Michael DeLoy, Ellen Wyoming, Anna Adams, Alisha Strobel

Wow...that is some list...I just want you all to know what a joy it was for me to watch all of you shine under the Teton sky...and each time you came through the main aid station it made my heart sing. When you crossed the finish line and we put the medal around your neck it was a moment in time that will last forever!

And..a big WAY TO all the GTR runners, families and crew. We thank you for coming and we can't wait to see you all next year.

Love to you all
Lisa and Jay


sherpajohn said...

Thanks for all the hard work you and the countless Volunteers put in. The race was amazing and I'll forever recommend it to everyone looking for a place to go. I also hope to return myself.. I gotta get a massage! ; )

~Sherpa John

Olga said...

And I plan on doing same again:) Thanks to you guys for dragging me there!

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Most amazing event I have ever been part of, the people and all the hard work. You are all amazing and I was so happy to be part of it all.