The Year Without a Santa Claus
The North Pole Marathon contest has been decided. Had I won, you would have already been alerted by my primal scream. Alas, I shall not run the Pole this April. I didnâ€™t realize just how earnestly I wanted to go until the official announcement. However, vocal chords intact, I take solace in a few facts:
The winner is cool.
Bobby Bostic, is decidedly worthy. Heâ€™s a stellar runner from Oakland who gives his time and energy to a wonderful charity, Challenged Athletes Foundation.
I’ve expanded my horizons.
The hoopla about the North Pole Marathon has opened my eyes to the possibilities of adventure marathoning. Angie, I should warn you that Iâ€™ll be doing this sort of thing now.
Though I didnâ€™t win the contest, I did appear ever so briefly in the Announcement video. That has to count for something.
Pole Blog ready for 2008
Iâ€™ve just had a blast with my contest BLOG, RUN THE POLE. It will remain active as a record of my earnest attempt to win the contest. That, and it will await revival next year for the 2008 race, contest or no. I am currently welcoming serious inquires from prospective sponsors. Really.
I may yet win something. I entered a supplementary contest with Pixie Mate, describing what Iâ€™d do to stay warm at the Pole. I suggested Science Fiction and Kittens. Anyway, the prize is a coffee gift basket. It would be an extremely small consolation in comparison to running the Pole, but heck, Iâ€™ll take what I can get. Itâ€™s just a shame that I donâ€™t drink caffeinated beverages.
The Best Part
Mostly, I have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support Iâ€™ve been given. I canâ€™t begin to thank everyone for the help, wonderful comments, enthusiasm, encouragement, and flat-out belief that I could do it. Itâ€™s both remarkably energizing and sincerely humbling. I set out to try and run the Pole, to win a contest. I received far more.
February 21st, 2007 at 9:07 am
Good effort Dean! We were all rooting for you…and hey you got a shout out from the winner! But really, we’re all winners right?
If nothing else, you’ve inspired me to try my hand at running…I don’t know about marathons, but I did a cool 24 min yesterday. what what.
Good luck at Black Mtn. It’s a beautiful place 🙂
February 21st, 2007 at 9:26 am
I think Bruce Lee called running, “The ultimate exercise,” or words to that effect. Enter the Dragon!
February 21st, 2007 at 11:59 am
Well, you gave it your best shot, but don’t hang your head, buddy – hold it up high!
Now it’s time to come back strong and show them what they missed in not picking you.
And the best way to do that is to accomplish something like this: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/runningthesahara/
Then you’ll be able to give them the thumb to nose, wagging fingers, “neener-neener-neener, you’re all wimps!” they deserve for not selecting you! *grin*
February 27th, 2007 at 9:08 am
shoot – i totally thought you’d win – your entry was the best one. hey – i’m suzanne .. fellow blogger & admirer of your blog – will keep reading – kudos on your great effort!
February 27th, 2007 at 9:18 am
Thanks Suzanne! I’m gald you enjoyed my entry. I *really* wanted to go.
I’ll check out your blog as well. Thanks for reading!
February 28th, 2007 at 3:35 pm
Any chance you want to suggest a truly outside the box use for Powerbars at the North Pole? The winner wins 100 of ANYTHING Powerbar…
All the best!
Bobby (north pole bound!)