Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Last Mile

An aerial view of Seattle's downtown Olympic Sculpture Park and (below) of its most distinctive piece of sculpture. This park is the northern end of my lunchtime walks, a familiar and inspiring landmark for walkers and joggers alike.

Penny sent a note to the team tonight asking us to plan to walk the last 8/10th of a mile together on the third day of the walk. There are over 100 of us who will end as we began, together as a team. We will start that last mile from the Olympic Sculpture Park.

I was telling Tracy today just how emotional that third day is. You know that you will be going home. You know that you don't have to get up and walk the next morning. And everywhere there are signs and people cheering you on. The last day is all about adrenaline and exhilaration. This year, I know we will be bussed to begin from the Arboretum, and that we will walk north and through the top of Green Lake, my favorite place to train. How we then get west and south to the Sculpture Park remains a mystery at this time, but I do know that Day 3 is 15+ miles.

It is wonderful to be part of an effort that makes a big difference -- you always get back more than you give.

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