Saturday, September 24, 2011

Well Done!

Friday, I couldn't wait to get home so we could take off to the Bandy Creek Campground at Big South Fork National Recreation Area.  We were going to tent camp and watch Ben run in his very first 17.5 mile trail run on Saturday.  The whole trip down to Tennessee was a misty, gloomy drive and we hoped the sun would break through as we got closer to camp.  Five miles away it did just that.  We set up camp and fought with damp firewood but had a great relaxing night. The sky cleared for a beautiful, crisp, fall view into the star-filled night sky. It wasn't an hour until the fog fell over us like a thick blanket....

This morning we woke early to a CHILLY morning....I'm so thankful I brought my toboggan...I made a mental note to always bring my gloves when it's cold enough to wear a toboggan.  It ended up being about fifteen degrees colder than we expected.  We will definitely remember this for future trips.

A few months ago, Charles, a family friend, asked Ben if he would run in this race.  Ben agreed and proceeded with his super-busy sixteen year old life and the deadline loomed closer and closer.  Ben tried to fit in running and building up for this race, but the reality was, Ben knew he wasn't ready.  The farthest he had run was eight miles and that was almost four weeks ago.

Here they are before it started....

Waiting for the race to start.....
And they're off!

Into the mist....


Standing in the road....freezing! We headed back to the campsite and broke camp at a very leisurely pace and just enjoyed watching the sun come out and the fog burn off...


Three and a half hours later....sun shining....beautiful day!  Ben coming in....

Across the finish line....he barely looks tired! Amazing!!!!


Charles coming in.....smiling all the way :D He sent Ben on ahead of himself when a leg cramp slowed him down just before the finish.

Talking it over...


"Well done," said the Master to the Grasshopper.


Don't they look relieved?


Glad to be finished, Charles suffered a harsh leg cramp, but was very happy with Ben!
I think he's already planning the next one.


Both placed in their age category....

We stopped for a few pictures at the East Rim Overlook on the way home...




Just a fantastic day...I'll be planning another visit soon.



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