The Mount Mitchell Challenge (a 40 mile ultra marathon that summits the tallest peak East of the Mississippi) finishes with a half mile loop around Lake Tomahawk. It has been called simultaneously the most beautiful lake in the world and a place remembered mostly for feelings of exhaustion and pain.
Hours after running the race, my fellow trail runners and I staged an impromptu relay race around this lake. Two teams of five squared off in what a sports medicine physician friend of mine bluntly called, “a really bad idea”. In his defense, he also felt it would be “fun to watch”.
We intend to make it a tradition.
(For the record, the winning team’s time was 2:45.)