We celebrate the the rich history of the race, now in its 30th year. But to me, it’s more than that — it’s about the amazing people I get to see and meet each year.
They come from all over the world.
Some of them are competing for the first time.
Some of them have been coming back for years.
This time around, I interacted with new people from France, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Great Britain, Singapore, Thailand — and Boston. For the record, I have a degree in International Studies. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t help when having conversations with these great folks. It also helps that I’m a bit of a sports nut — especially with the Boston contingent.
They were all excited about the opportunity to run the race and it was clear that they were having a great time as they prepared for this grueling, 200-mile piece of Oregon culture and history.
And I count myself incredibly lucky that I am able to share some time with all of them.