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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