Community Work and Dallas White Rock Marathon
By tls on Dec 11, 2006
After working on a hard project over the past 6 weeks I had a great weekend. A little community work and getting back in the saddle with more running.
The 2 nd Sunday of every December is the Dallas White Rock Marathon (more on that later on). Since the 70's, the marathon has been lucky to invite a very special runner, Harry Cordellos. Harry is totally without site and has run over 150 marathons. However, that doesn't hold him down at all. He's an avid bowler, ping pong player, has run the Hawaiian IronMan and works with wood wooking tools.
I was lucky enough to have him visit my kids elementary school in Allen, TX. Harry visited with the students of Green Elementary for an hour and demonstrated his ability to play ping pong while also performing a few tricks. It even got some video and news on WFAA, the local news station of the marathon.
What made my weekend was being able to talk and spend time with Harry and his traveling companion Mike McAviney, who is also a blind and marathon runner. Seeing the kids of Green light up when Harry performed each trick was very special. They really did understand the message that Harry was providing, don't give up and just give it a try. My weekend on Sunday ended with some more time as I saw Harry and Mike complete yet another half marathon. My hats off to Harry and Mike.
Dallas White Rock Marathon
I feel like I'm back in the saddle. I completed another ½ marathon on my way towards the Austin Marathon in February, 18th. Not sure I'll be ready for Austin, but I was definitely ready on Sunday as I stayed at a consistent 8:30 pace. For me I was extremely happy.
I also got to witness a couple of great friends, Sean and Shana, complete their first marathon. I think I get more the stories after the race from “rookies” than I do running them myself. Their day turns from one of anxiety, to one of pain, to one of complete exhaustion, to one of complete satisfaction. Hats off to all the “rookies” from the 2006 Dallas White Rock Marathon, ½ or full.