On Monday night, Esther Atkins published a great article that explained, from the participating athlete’s perspective, why the Jacksonville Half was such a special race. She highlighted three points: participants came for the love of the sport over personal glory; the benefits to performance of helping or being helped; and the positive buzz surrounding the whole endeavor. Everything that Esther Atkins writes about was what intrigued me about this race from go.
Back in October, when I heard about the plans, I immediately reached out to Richard Fannin, who had never met me, never heard of me, had no idea what I was doing, but asked me to give him a call to talk about it on the spot. While we chatted it was obvious how passionate he was for the sport and how committed he was to pulling his crazy plan off. Maybe because he could tell I shared his passion or probably just because he’s really nice, within minutes of making my acquaintance I had an invitation to Jacksonville. Having never covered a race, having hardly traveled since having kids, having absolutely no idea what to expect, I jumped. I didn’t know why at the time; I’m usually cautious about these things, but my gut made me do it.
Esther does spectacular work explaining why Jacksonville was a special race for those elite and subelite runners who raced there, but maybe you’re left wondering why you should care about Jacksonville. Heck, you might be wondering why we went to Jacksonville.
We didn’t go to Jacksonville to rub elbows with running legends or rising stars. We didn’t go to promote ourselves. We didn’t go to provide race play-by-play or to report on stats (we’ll leave that to Fannin). We didn’t go as fangirls. We didn’t go because it was easy for us to get there (it wasn’t).
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