"The crowd at the finishing line had vanished, and the organizers had begun the post-race awards presentation. Vendors were packing away their goodies and their tents. The time on the race clock kept on digitally ticking by. It read 2:40:52. Normally there would be a crowd of NewRo Runners huddled together at the awards ceremony ready to celebrate the victories of the day. Ready to cheer as our very own 2011 defending champion took 3rd place overall, and eagerly waiting to hear who placed in the top 3 of their respective age group.
But not on this day. The remaining dozen or so NewRo Runners, were waiting at the finishing line, waiting to cheer on and bring home the last NewRo Runner on the course. Today, coming together as a team and collectively celebrating the accomplishment of completing a first half marathon took priority over cheering on our award winners. We cannot take away the glory, the hard work and the talent of all the NewRo Runners who took home an award, and we celebrate with them in the "Running Feets" write-up below. But today, it was all about celebrating the core, the heart and soul, the camaraderie of NewRo Runners, as well as the sheers guts and determination of one runner - Nash Warfield.
|Nash (left) NewRo family (right)|
|Sprint to the finish|
|Oh yes, you deserve it|
Today was one of my proudest days as a NewRo Runner and as co-founder of the club. There were many accomplishments to celebrate on the road this day - approximately 40 NewRo Runners turning out, and many award winners and PB's. But I was most proud of what I witnessed unfold before my eyes. Today I got a glimpse of the heart and soul of what many of us call our running family. We stuck together and made sure every single accomplishment was celebrated as a group. Some runners waited close to 1.5 hours to ensure Nash crossed the line; just as we all celebrated the other 39 crossing the line. We celebrated a fairly new runner, one who joined us over the summer, one who had never run beyond 5 miles before joining NewRo Runners. He set his goal over the summer to run the Westchester half marathon - his first half ever. Some of us have run with Nash at the BOTP (back of the pack), but all of us have encouraged him, given him confidence, and advice, and supported him every week he showed up. If this is not encouragement enough for those who have read our weekly newsletter and asked themselves, "should I come out and run this weekend?" "Will I be able to run with them?" "Will they support me?" - Just ask Nash.
Today, NewRo Runners showed its heart and its soul, and I am proud to say, it is big, and it is healthy and it is a beautiful thing."
Congrats to Nash and all the NewRo runners! You make a difference.
Peace and Have A Great Day.