The final day of the NE series was in Warwick RI. The venue was City Park. As you can see it was stunning. Our opening photo is the very happy posse of runners ready to take on the day. Charlotte C, the costume champ is of course wearing a very detailed replica of the RI flag. We were all ready for another epic day.
A side note for 50 staters aspiring to this series regarding the host hotels on this series. The race rates were great, the rooms were spacious, clean, and there was great hospitality. That included breakfast at o’ dark hundred for our 6am starts. I had some trepidation as these were not my usual loyal brands but I would use them again in a heartbeat. I would return to Boston to see the sights and the JFK library etc. Logan airport is not the easiest especially by car but come on now it’s Boston !
The day began with much self induced excitement. I refused to follow my navigation NOR master the roundabouts and barely arrived at the venue on time. Of course dragging the unwitting Hank L into the commotion. My usual philosophy is that arriving with anything less than an hour before race time is living completely on the edge. This is why a room share is not advised. The alarm has obscene numbers on it ! Of course adding to the angst was looking at my feet rather than the unique flour arrows marking the path. Late and off course ! Madness ! It all worked out as life usually does. Funny thing about life isn’t it ?
How about the grammar on that sign for the Obesity event ? I puzzled on it for many miles. They had a great DJ, lots of gift baskets lots of enthusiasm, and whistles and bells for the cause. We got to circle the festivities for a few hours. There was also a softball league next door. Many runners remarked this was a first -to enjoy a game during an event. This is the advantage of a looped course. Immersion in the local life. I was so slow I enjoyed 2 full softball games and even identified a few favorite players.
Since there was no tomorrow there was intense chatting on the route. Not intense running on my part-CHATTING. I completely forgot to run. Do not tell the pace police. Here were the people/chats I can recall :Denis McCarthy, Larry Macon, Frank B, Haywood C, Charlotte C, Connie P, Mary Harris, Aaron, Adan C, Tina and Jeff H, Hank L (who dashed off to do 2 more races that day in 2 more states !!!) Tina, Regnata, Sandy, Clyde and on and on ! Clyde is getting us all to believe in a big way in CBD as he got faster everyday. Clyde’s list of worn out parts is among one of the best so I am going all in on the CBD to be just like Clyde. Perhaps the Fireball is also key.
The Warwick City Park and the bay views were outstanding. I even got to watch the entire tide go out . This my friends is the gift of the back of the pack. On one occasion at a winter event even a sunrise AND a sunset. Do.Not.Judge. 🙂
Special shout out to my neighbor Jayne D who is from Warwick. Your hometown is a winner. Here is a little known fact about our smallest state: Providence has more doughnut shops per capita than anywhere else. My unscientific observations verify this. It is challenging to go more than 10 feet without stumbling on a Dunkin. Starbucks: stay out !
JC’s race crew treated every runner like a true champion. Great bling, swag and of course top notch food and beverages and day long support for a whole week. Did those folks even get a wink of sleep ? Thank you race crew.
My overwhelming takeaway from this trip was the immense pride for the 6 day finishers.The greatest joy of the week was to watch Mary H from Seattle cross that line to the cheers of her BFF, Mom and all our race posse finishers. What a great moment and the pride in taking and making the challenge complete was incredibly emotional. My friends I cry for you to this day. You did it. You did not back down. You stayed cheerful, optimistic, made every mile fun -all 157.2 of them. Wow just wow.
On day 5 my getaway day from Boston I did not want to get on a plane, I wanted to go to a great park and do another one. I craved the camaraderie (easy for YOU to spell) the fresh air and the exertion.
I think that nothing is impossible when you want to fulfill a dream. A lot of people will tell you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes, but if it is in your heart and you feel it, there is nothing that will stop you. It is like the sun – you can’t block it: it will shine regardless, if that is what you want.
Here are my thumbnails for each state.
VT-Rugged,beautiful unspoiled, charming.
MA-Historic, pristine, charming towns and rural areas.
CT-Charming, great food, beautiful rural areas
RI-Water everywhere, compact, charming, beautiful.
How can one area be so consistently charming mile after mile ?
I love it even more for the second time around the states. Sorry not sorry to my Midwestern roots and adopted FL home.
As we speak here I am scrambling to pack up and head out to St. Regis MT for #42. The forecast is for rain, snow, cold and a definite 33 miles to complete the event. Luckily Mr. Dave Bell and his running wife Val S will be along to chuckle up the weekend.
Say yes. Just say yes.
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Love to all,