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Pure Joy

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Apparently I missed out on being asked the question of the day posed by Katie McManners at the Go!Mile, which was “What does being here today mean to you?”.  I was relaxing, having the rare treat of reading the Sunday paper on Sunday morning instead of Sunday night or Monday, when Joe called me into the office to look at the photos I took during the race. Up on the screen was a picture of a happy little girl, just a toddler, with chipmunk cheeks and the gleeful smile worn only by those who know absolute joy. As the photos streamed, one after another, the screen was filled with moments of joy, not all of them in the finish chute.

There were volunteers doing their thing, helping make sure that other runners would enjoy the day.

Arkansas's RRCA State Representative David Meroney, spreading the message
Arkansas’s RRCA State Representative David Meroney, spreading the message

There were families who ran together, and played together.

The Drake Family Running Team Arrives in Style
The Drake Family Running Team Arrives in Style

 

You wanna play? I'll play.
You wanna play? I’ll play.

Sometimes I take a shot and feel like I’ve invaded a very private, almost sacred moment, like this.

Mommy and Me
Mommy and Me

It also means I get to be there to cheer for and sometimes take  photos of friends. That means I can ask them to do silly things, and they usually comply.

Do a Charlie's Angels pose for me!
Do a Charlie’s Angels pose for me!

 

At this event  I got to take photos of friends I’ve known for a while running with new friends who need a guiding hand in order to run.

Elaine Gimblet and my girl Trinette coming in to the finish strong!
Elaine Gimblet and my girl Trinette coming in to the finish strong!

I get to see champions congratulate each other on a job well run.

Fleet Feet Little Rock
High Five
High Five

Little Kate Mitchell was beside me along the finish chute after the kids race. She proudly showed me her medal. At the Go!Mile, I get to watch as future champions get that first taste of victory

We Are the Champions
We Are the Champions

So Dear Katie, the answer to the question is this: Being at the Go!Mile, not running but watching the morning unfold from behind the lens, means I get to witness moments; moments of exhilaration, hilarity, competition, goofiness, camaraderie, extreme effort, and unadulterated joy.

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Joy
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  1. Go Mile means the world to OUR family because it benefits my Nephew’s Memorial Scholarship Fund at Catholic High. (Thanks, Go! Running….Gary & Erin!!!) The experience just gets better & better each year! Looking forward to the 5th Annual on Saturday!! This race is also the reason that I became a RUNNER!! GRIN LIKE WIN!!

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