What were you doing last Saturday morning? Catching some extra zzzs? Reading the paper? Wearing dry clothes?
These kids spent part of their Saturday morning running. Five and a half miles. In pouring rain. They’re part of Hoquiam High School’s Cross-Country (XC) Team, training for the upcoming season. Some of these kids have been running for all or part of the summer. Before school started. Before *official* practices began.
Few sports require the kind of determination, discipline, stamina and alacrity that cross-country demands. These kids + coaches run in all kinds of weather. Over all sorts of terrain. Sidewalks. Asphalt. Grass. Gravel. Dirt. Wet. Dry. Hot. Cold. Uphill and down. Practices are usually two hours, six days a week. Rain or shine. Because as any runner will tell you, if you want to win, you have to work.
Determination. Discipline. Stamina. Alacrity. Stay loose. Stay the course. Stay on your feet. If you happen to get knocked down or otherwise face-plant, get up. Fast. Like this:
Political parties and electeds could learn a lot from cross-country runners.
Come out and support these runners on Saturday, September 6 at Hoquiam High School. Some will be competing in the annual Revnvaan Memorial Run prior to the Logger’s Playday Parade. Distances include 5K, 10K and 2 mile runs as well as a 2 mile walk. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the track. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. ($5.00 entry fee.) These kids will be there, rain or shine.