- Aug 13, 2013I first met John at the 2007 MMD50K -- a small, underground race in
the exceedingly rocky White Mountains of New Hampshire. John
and Sue Thompson came to the half-way aid station at dusk after something
like 14 hours, and were encouraged to stop. No. Way.
Morning came -- still no John and Sue. Some voiced concern -- should
we go out looking for them? Umm -- no, said others who knew
John from Hardrock, from Barkley, from just knowing what John
was made of. We went out to breakfast, came back, and they were done,
finishing the 50K in 28:01 -- just no such thing as quit in John DeWalt.
At that race, I was a newly-minted ultrarunner, and John gave me great
encouragement to aspire to run Hardrock. It was a privilege to witness John's
last amazing Hardrock finish in 2009, something to rememeber whenever things
seem like they're getting tough.
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