November 17 2015
Runner Alexi Pappas pens her account of leaving it all at the finish line.
Dear Race Spectators,
Have we told you lately that we LOVE you? If we haven’t, shame on us! You see, without you – there are times that we just wouldn’t be able to keep on going in a race. When times get tough, we rely on your support and inspiration to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
We know that being a spectator can be a grueling job. In fact, we often wonder if it’s harder to run the race or watch from the sidelines. Standing in one spot for an extended period of time, hoping to catch a glimpse of the runner you came to cheer for can really take a toll (not to mention it’s mentally exhausting to try to spot your runner out of a crowd!). The longer the race, the longer you stand in solid determination to support us – and for that we thank you.
We also want to thank you for the countless orange slices, water cups, handfuls of ice on a hot day, and many more items you so willingly hand to us as we zoom by. Words can’t properly express the gratitude we feel for those bits of nutrition and hydration. We couldn’t do what we do without those things, and sometimes we don’t even realize we need them until we see you standing on the sideline offering them up so freely.
Thank you for encouraging us and being part of our journey to the finish line. Without you, racing may not be possible.