My Diamond Jubilee

I run because I have to
I run because I can

People wonder why I do it
for twenty, fifty years a pop

Why does anyone do anything
For the Glory of it, of course

No matter how fast we run
How far we throw
or how high we fly
the earth will claim our mortal forms
and we will wait
like ordinary men and women
for our spiritual transformation
But until that day
We are free to set the pace
raise the bar
and claim the glory that is ours
because we are athletes

Some believe sports to be a metaphor for life. Others believe sports to be life itself. My friend Dave and I fall somewhere in between.

Racing Dave:  My first 400-meter race with Dave is indelibly etched in my psyche. Pick up the race on the final curve before the home stretch. I am definitely in the hunt. But as we labor down the backstretch, I’m suddenly conscious of a ka-thud, ka-thud, ka-thud  from behind me. And as the ka-thuds became louder I hear the bleachers swell with a chorus of, “Go, Dave, Go! You can Get ‘em Dave! Take him!”  Dave will deny having a fan base larger than his wife Marge and a few friends, but on this fateful day he is backed by the Hallelujah Chorus. The Ka-thuds have already unnerved me and the sudden roar of the crowd is most disheartening. I feel like Ichabod Crane being pursued by the headless horseman. But this horseman has a head and a backside, which unfortunately I am doomed to see as Dave thunders on to victory.

Sixty years ago I stepped onto the track for my first competitive meet. Welcome to my Diamond Jubilee. First and last stop: The Huntsman World Games.

Stay tuned…