This blog was sent to me by a spectator who needs some help finding a runner:
When my family and I went to the Run Wild Missoula Marathon this past weekend our intentions were to encourage and inspire our mom and the other runners. It wasn't long after the race began, however, that we realized they were in fact the ones inspiring us.
As we drove from check point to check point (my dad, two sisters, and friend) to cheer for our mom and the runners around her, we were pleasantly surprised, impressed, and inspired by everyone who said "Thanks for being here!" or "Thanks for coming out!" as they ran by mile after mile no matter how exhausted they were. It was so cool to be able to see the same runners each stop and create a 26.2 mile long distance friendship along the way. From their smiles, waves, and shouts of gratitude, to their jokes, looks of determination, and even dancing, we couldn't wait to get to the next stop to see them again and cheer them on.
There was one runner in particular, however, that keeps coming to mind.
He was an older man, wearing black shorts and a blue runner's shirt. Each stop he would smile and wave and we'd exchange friendly words. Somewhere along the way as he was running by he asked if we would be at the finish line and if we would take a picture with him. After running a few yards with him before he crossed the bridge to the finish, we assured him we would be at the finish line and it would be an honor to take a picture with him. About 10 minutes later, our mom finished at 4 hours 26 minutes. Unfortunately, when we got to the finish we were unable to find him and deeply regretted not being able to congratulate him on his finish or share in his memory of the marathon by taking a photo with him as he requested.
We failed to catch his name or running number, so if anybody knows how to find out who this man is, or if you saw him or us along the way please respond to this blog. Any help in finding who this man was would be greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to all the finishers, thank you for inspiring me.
-The Girl in the Green Hat
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