Here's my take..............
I attended the awards banquet and heard some fine accolades for those that
finished..... It's indeed a moment of glory. A moment to show everyone in
attendance that, I made it. I ran a hundred miles. I conquered The Western
States 100 Mile Endurance Run, just a fleeting moment.......
We also have the rest of our lives to personally reflect on these same
accomplishments..... maybe even all of eternity.
God created us all a little differently..... but in his own image
[Sometimes I feel that image was a bit distorted when I was created :)]
Never the less, we are all equal in a number of ways. Some are more obvious
than others and a simple example might be that we all have the same number
of hours in a day.
While some of us may not be as fast as others, or as lightweight as
others, or run hills as well as others, or as young as others.............
We have the been given the opportunity to be equal in a very important
way..... "Giving"! One might argue that some can give more because they have
more to give.... fame and fortune. But I don't believe God measures these
givings in totals...... I believe He measures them in percentages........
Lets say that I make $100,000 per year and you only make $50,000. I give to
the church $9,500 per year and you give only $5,000. Some might see it that
I gave more and $$$-wise that would be true. But.... percentage-wise I only
gave 9.5%.... you gave 10%.
I would encourage you take note of what percentage of effort you have
given and what percentage of sacrifice you have made. You have taken the
challenge and if you have given your all, you have won. No matter how far
along the course you may have gotten, take satisfaction in knowing that
you'll work out the bugs from this year's run and be ready to go again for
that 30 Hr. mark again next year.
Wins don't always go to the swiftest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Modifying the
guidelines to suit your situation, would only make for a cheap win at best.
God's guidelines apply to everyone.... the fast and the slow..... the young
and the old. As I understand it Carl, the Lord doesn't discount for Triple
A members or senior citizenship.
Good luck next year, Carl! I hope you wake up on the 25th of June 2001
with a buckle in your hand!
If you need a pacer, give me a call. 760-375-1668
Chuck Lewis #373
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carl Pegels [SMTP:cpegels@...]
> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 9:48 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org; cpegels@...
> Subject: [ws100] review of WS100---2000 edition
> I want to begin by congratulating all of the finishers on finishing the
> run. Having attempted the run twice now with zero finishes, makes you
> appreciate what it takes to finish the ws100. I am sure many of you
> finished but some of you suffered the same fate as I did. I ran last
> year and was pulled out at Dusty Corners. My quads had really seized up
> and reduced to walking. Combined with the slow start due to the bad snow
> conditions caused me to run out of time, and out of usable quads. I
> entered again this year, not convinced that I could do it, but at least
> hoping I could. My start this year was good, I hit Red Star Ridge at 9,
> Robinsons Flat at 12:45, and Last Chance at a reasonable time. I thought
> my hill training had prepared me properly this year, but I began getting
> quad problems a tLast Chance. Especially the down hills into the canyons
> were too slow and too painful. I had no problems with the uphills, at a
> reasonable pace that is. I reached Michigan Bluff at 9:05, and decided
> to take myself out because there was little chance that I would make it
> much farther than a little way down California Street. So that is my
> story of failure. I did enjoy that part of the run I was able to
> complete. One definitely needs to experience climbing up to Devil's
> Thumb. And a minimum goal I had set was to make it at least to Michigan
> Bluff. Will I try again next year. Very probably not. I'll explain
> why. I am 67 years old, and the finishing rate of those 60 and over is
> abysmally low. The oldest finisher last year was 64, and this year he
> was 63. Of the 23 entrants 60 and over this year only 5 finished, and
> three of those had just turned 60. So the chance of completing the run
> in 30 hours is practically impossible for us older runners. The WS Board
> is apparently adament about not wanting to extend the finishing time for
> those 65 and over beyond 30 hours. I can understand why for a variety of
> reasons such as asking aid stations to stay open longer, and other
> logistical reasons. In sum, the WS100 is a race for those below the
> retirement age of 65. Others can apply, but nature will not allow them
> to finish. I hope to hear some other views on this topic. There must
> be some others ou there who are over 65 or are nearing 65. Again I
> enjoyed my experience both last year and this year. At least I could
> dream of finishing. Carl Pegels
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