…121 Days Until Race Day
My friend and personal race crew chief, Brian Anderson, wrote this piece this morning and after I read it, I knew I had to share it and post it for today.
No photo of the Ultramilano-Sanremo course today.
Today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday will ALL be about what Brian Anderson wrote. Here are his words:
“Friday morning at 7am, at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 155 solo runners will toe the line and begin 55-HOURS of running in hopes of running 100, 150, 200 or even 250 miles in that time span.
They will earn a shiny belt buckle for their efforts and in the end, we will have successfully executed another Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race & Relay.
Many volunteers will dedicate hours prior to and during the event to ensure that these runners are well taken care of and that the event is the best of the best.
I often get asked WHY?
Why do you volunteer all those hours? Why do these people participate is such a demanding and physically destructive sport?
For me it’s easy. The answer is simple:
During the 55-hour duration of this race, 572 children will die…will succumb to one of the most vicious, thankless and indiscriminate diseases known to mankind…Pediatric Cancer.
572 families will lose their precious child.
572 souls will have suffered through countless rounds of chemo, radiation and surgery and will lose the battle for their life.
Many of these kids won’t make it to high school, won’t fall in love and marry the love of their lives. They won’t have kids of their own and won’t get to see and experience the things we, as healthy adults, take for granted.
During those brief 55-hours, while we run in circles, the world will lose 572 potential Einsteins, future doctors, inventors, truck drivers, fathers and mothers.
572 babies will lose a battle against a foe they didn’t ask for, deserve and could not, today, prevent.
So why do we do this?????
If you find yourself in the Sugar Land area from anytime from 7am on the 30th through 2pm on the 1st and want to experience a life changing event, come join us.
If you can’t be there, pray.
Pray for the runners, pray for the volunteers, but most of all pray for the 572 and the families that will lose them.”- Brian Anderson