Who is Tony?
This article will give you the incite of who Tony is. To be honest with you I had to read it myself because I had not known either. The quick version is Tony broke his neck when he was 11 years old playing with his friends. He is in a wheel chair but has dreams of walking some day. Here is a quote from him from the article-
"I believe when you stop setting goals/dreams for yourself you're close to death," said Tassogloy. "I'm not a quitter, never have, never will."
About the Race.
I had not pre-registered for the race so wanted to get to the race early enough to get a shirt. Yes I do love the shirts. Maybe not as much as this guy, but close. Mission accomplished I got my shirt but had about an hour to wait before the race. Being that it was hot out I went to my car put on the air and listened to my radio. Put my bib on and drank water. Got out of the car about 6:30 to use the port-a-potty and proceeded to look my keys in my car. Was not too worried as plenty of Haddon Heights finest around that I would just ask one of them to help me after the race. And when you think about it I didn't really have any where to put my keys so it might have been the best move of the night for me.
Watched the kids run the one mile race and laughed to myself knowing that I could not beat these kids in a one mile race. I think the girl who won finished in about 6:30 or so and she didn't look older than 9.
Well headed to the starting line and ran into D and her husband B and talked to them for a few minutes. I know D from HERE, funny thing is we live about a mile apart and met on a forum with people from all over the world. I run into her and her DH on the bike path once in a while. Both are way too fast for me to actually run WITH them.
I went to the back of the pack and saw a guy that runs in the Thursday night races. So we went off together and chatted for the first mile. We had to do a lot of dodging as in most races people just love to start where they shouldn't. After the first mile I felt that he was holding back (he usually finishes 3 minutes ahead of me on Thursday) so I told him to go and not to worry about me. Well he was gone.
Nice run through a nice town, pretty un eventful actually. Saw a few people from TT, some running and some cheering. Talked to a few of the TT guys after the race. Very nice people and I look forward to seeing more of this group next year.
Came in at 28:34 clock time (no chip) but 28:16 on Garmin which I did turn on and off correctly. So I will go with the 28:16 for the side bar if that is OK with everyone.
After the race a nice officer assisted me with the door lock and I got my key changed my shirt and went back to have some pasta and a beer with D and B. We listened for the results, clapped and home I went. Kids were sleeping so I didn't get the "daddy did you win the race?" from them like I do on Thursday nights.
Tonight I will do the Browning Ross Summer Sizzler 5K finale. Will take it slow (I say that now). But that pain in the foot I spoke of from Sunday, well didn't feel a thing yesterday.