Sunday, January 31, 2016

Icebreaker-Gold Medal Challenge-Guide Recap

At the school where I work we have 7 Grandfather Teachings (Core Values) that we intertwine throughout everything we do. Each month we focus a little more heavily on one particular teaching. One of the hardest for me to teach, and/or have my students comprehend is the gift of Humility. We usually discuss it as the opposite of bragging, but that is what it is not-not what it is.
This weekend that gift kept creeping into my mind. Last year, Steve Sabra, contacted the director of the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon, Chris Ponteri, asking if he could participate as a visually impaired runner. Chris put a query out to see if anyone had experience or would be willing to guide Steve. I was definitely interested, and soon found out we had a an expert in our midst who has been a guide for many different types of athletes needing assistance~Doug.
Fast forward to a year later, Steve contacted both Doug and I to see if we would be willing to guide him again, and this year he wanted to do the Gold Medal Challenge-the half marathon on Saturday and the full on Sunday. Doug and I were both on board. Doug provided Steve with some training tips to be prepared for two long days on his feet, and teaching tips for me. 
Saturday morning, we met around 9:00 to get a few laps in before the 9:30 heat. Was great to see Steve and his wife Pat again. Saturday went smoothly, now just to relax, hydrate and get ready for Sunday. Again, things went well. Steve responded well to the half to the day before, and was right around his goal time! To say I love the Icebreaker is kind of an understatement. It is such a unique and special event. You get to see the everyone from the leaders to the last runners, spectators (one this year who had 95 different flip signs as we went around) and the support from the volunteers to the team that runs this event is top notch! 

Here's where the 6+ hours on my feet with lots thoughts running through my head got me really thinking. Steve does not know Doug or I other than one race a year ago. He drove from Nebraska to participate in this event again, this time tackling even more time on his feet. He put his trust into two strangers to do something most people would not attempt to do. Humility in action. He let us guide him, he reached out to others, so he is able to continue to do a passion he loves. He did an outstanding job, and taught me a better understanding of Humility. Thank you, Steve!

P.S. Congrats to all!