|I ran, I carried a cat, there is video.
||[Apr. 29th, 2014|05:44 am]
Thanks to everyone who helped me raise nearly a thousand dollars for City Kitties! We did it, and, thanks to bizarrely cold weather, I didn't die. It was actually pretty chilly out. I ran the race with John Lopes who actually plays George Washington
Clickenzee to EmVictory!
In FACT John showed up unexpectedly on Constitution USA which I watched for the first time last week:
Clickenzee to EmGorgein!
Where host Peter Sagal is taking a photo of him in front of Independence hall. My world's collide. Peter, as you may know, is really the guy who got me started running. It was a bit weird and wonderful to bookend a pair of races with them, two months and a thousand miles apart....
ANYWAY ... it was great to run the race with John who knows so much about Valley Forge and what went on there, so it was sort of like having a guided tour, while dressed in a hot outfit carrying a stuffed cat. Everyone at Valley Forge was great -- park rangers hi-fived me when I ran past, pointing and shouting "look! a patriot!" which really did help the miles melt away.
You should watch the video -- it's good, and includes Roswell.
All told, I think $140,000 was raised for the park, and nearly $1,000 for stray and homeless kittens.
I found this quote in a diary from a lieutennant named George Eweing who was stationed at Valley Forge in which he writes, in part:
Were I to describe the hardships and the difficulties we underwent from this time until the 4 of October no person but those who were with us would credit my relation therefore I chuse to pass it over in silence rather than those who should see this work should think me guilty of an Hyperbole--
Which makes sweating for five miles seem a pretty pale thing. Next year we have Big Plans to get a whole brigade of people running in custom tech-wicking continental uniforms and raising money for some veterans organizations. Let me know if you'd be interested in running or in making costumes.
Thanks everyone --
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Yay! Go Kyle! I did enjoy watching the vid.
2014-04-29 03:07 pm (UTC)
Bless You...but don't carry a vet while you run.
It is sad we veterans need to have such help but thank you so much for planning such.
Frankly if I lived closer (and didn't have a lifelong dislike of running) I'd totally be there. Well the wife could do it; she's a runner. Me? Unless it was a long run at a moderate speed being led by a master-fitness NCO who knew what s/he was doing (and what cadences to sing to speed us up/slow us down as needed), running is only something I do if chased.
That being said, I do like these zombie run events. Anna can run and I can participate in that BRAINS! sort of way! =)~
Edited at 2014-04-29 03:08 pm (UTC)
2014-04-29 04:57 pm (UTC)
Best Video EVAH!
Thanx for the way you do this & everything.
Quite an inspiration.
Well played sir. And I did enjoy seeing Roswell batting at your shoelaces :)
spoken like someone who watched the video!
Hip, hip, HUZZAH! But of course, you could never have succeeded without Roswell making sure your shoes were tied properly.
You continue to be awe inspiring.
Oh thank you! You too. I'm so glad that I got the chance to meet you. You're an inspiration.
You are pretty damned awesome, good sir.
Well done, congratulations.
What is the music that plays as you're putting your shoes on? It sounds very familiar so I know it must be a well known piece, but I don't know anything about classical music. Shazam sadly is useless with classical music.
It's a variation on Yankee Doodle Dandy. I don't know who arranged it, though. Thematically appropriate, methinks.
And I agree with the person above who says that you are awe-inspiring and love that you continue to do so many good things with your life and your art.
They're two public domain versions of Yankee Doodle. I'd thought about figuring how to play it on the flute but it would have added a week to my race recap.
That is an AWESOME finish line shot. And yet another awesome adventure.