A random stream of conscience account of Spokane’s most famous footrace by our fearless leader, Coach Morlan.
“I love watching all the humanity.” “It’s way too crowded.” “What a great parade.” “You can’t really run.” “There are costumes, popsicles, and fresh air.” “You have to stand around in a pile of smelly arms.” The Bloomsday Crowd, love it or hate it. Like Pig Out in the Park or the Fourth of July fireworks, you’ll attend if you can stomach the people. I was told once to remember the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People: what a bunch of bastards. Bloomsday, at least, is full of runners.
“The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep. You become a Lion. A great roar arises in your heart…” Osho.
For a few years after my best racing days I avoided Bloomsday for fear of people asking me why I was so slow. Finally I quit worrying, joined a team, and got my ass back out on the road. And ran Bloomsday. Slowly at first with my son but who cares. Now, with my peers at Spokane Distance Project, we race as well as we can. Here are team age-group highlights for Bloomsday 2015:
1. Turlan Morlan 41:43
5 Andy LeFriec 41:40
18 Todd Jones 45:09
2 Rob Warnock 41:38
3 Kyle Mcnaught-Davis 42:22
10 Ben Bucklin 44:37
16 Charles Joy 45:51
3 Chris Morlan 44:05
5 Bill Fitzner 45:36
10 Tom Fuchs 47:49
15 Eric Worden 49:41
16 Mike Lauffer 50:14
4 Christopher Goodwin 47:02
Not everyone can claim top-20 results, so thanks and good work to all our athletes competing. Also, huge shout-out to Tom Fuchs and Jon Neill for helping SDP with Second Seed and Elite entries. Fabulous work you two.
And the crowds after all? Not so bad really, hanging with my peeps.
“People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” Hans F. Hansen
And now some pics…
And as always, first one to get this far and post a comment…well they will be one dollar richer.