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Monday, June 25, 2012

Team Fox - Gavin places 3rd in NYS Park Summer Run

Work had me busy with meetings and catching up on thousands of emails.

Went to trader joes for some fig bars, nuts, and wasabi seaweed.

This day in history "On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana's Little Bighorn River.
Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in South Dakota's Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana. By the late spring of 1876, more than 10,000 Native Americans had gathered in a camp along the Little Bighorn River--which they called the Greasy Grass--in defiance of a U.S. War Department order to return to their reservations or risk being attacked."

After work, a quick snack and a cup of joe, and then Gavin and I are off to Bethpage State park.

The skies darken and open up as Gavin is getting onto the Southern State.

We hang out in the parking lot and the skies look like they are starting to clear.  We walk up to the polo grounds.  Gavin warms up, as I play some games of chance at the WBLI booth.  A spin of the wheel and I get a free t-shirt.

I run back to the car to put the tshirt away.  5 minutes to race time and it clouds up again.  I line up in the area assigned to 9 minute mile...Gavin has to be all the way up front.

As the race starts, a little drizzle.  At around mile 2 the skies open up.  By the finish the rain is torrential.  I finish at 28:40...about a minute faster than my previous 5K....a personal best ?  Gavin spots me some time later with some snacks and a beer in hand.  He finished 3rd overall and 2nd in his age group.  A SILVER MEDAL.

We are both soaked to the bone and cooling down fast...we head to the car to get jackets.  After award ceremony, we head to the parking lot.  It takes about an hour to get out of the parking lot.  Gavin is driving as I consumed a few beers.

Gavin is running for team FOX.  He is looking for donations to fight Parkinson's disease.

I will be supporting his cause as he makes his way to $1000.....

Running out of gas, we stop at exit 55 on the LIE.  A quick $20 in the tank and we head to the sushi place.  they close at 10PM.  We get there a few minutes before closing.  I am short $9.45 for the bill....they take cash only....they let me have the sushi...we owe them...

Photo of the day "Team Fox"

P.S. Congrats Gavin on an awesome finish.

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