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:
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.