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Toiling in anonymity

September 22, 2009

John Wallace of the Seattle Running Company took 60 photos and a video at the Sundodger Invitational. The picture below is one of my all-time favorites.

Sundodger finish

I think the caption should be something like, “An aging warrior struggles mightily … while the indifferent masses look elsewhere.”

Rest assured that I offer this caption out of amusement, not bitterness. There’s no good reason why these strangers should have been paying attention to me. I ran in the slower of the two men’s races and did not place in the top 10 or set a personal record. I am not remarkably attractive, nor am I overcoming a major handicap in an inspiring way.

Those who cheered for me anyway, please accept my thanks. And thanks also to the lovable stalkers who frequent this blog.

5 comments

  1. Here's what fast people look like when they run. Notice the lack of visually-obvious exertion:http://www.broadband-finder.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/usain-bolt.jpgJust teasing! Seriously, that is a nice pic. Brings back fond memories of many races in the rain…


  2. I'd like to purchase a "Lovable Stalker" t-shirt. Are you planning on running the Emerald City Open with SRC?


  3. Michael: Yes.


  4. Come on, one guy is looking vaguely in your direction, although admittedly perhaps at someone ahead of you.


  5. […] (e.g., from the 2005 World Cup 100K, 2006 Houston Ultra Event Weekend, 2006 Sunmart 50-Miler, and 2009 Sundodger 8K) now include this shot from the 2013 PNTF championships, taken by Seattle Running Club president […]



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