Yesterday, JT and some of his cross country teammates, including his coach and some assorted friends of the team, joined one another for a local mud run. He’s never participated in an event like this, but for a boy who grew up logging countless hours at local parks and playing in puddles, it was a fitting start to his final high school cross country season. The race was a 5k, punctuated by 21 muddy obstacles. The team started off clean but ended rather muddy. JT ran the race with his buddies L and E.
At the final obstacle, there was no avoiding the mess.
They got right in it and triumphed.
After a wash in the outdoor showers, the racers celebrated their finish.
I was a spectator to the muddy spectacle, marveling at how much my kid loves a messy challenge and reflecting on the places I will travel to watch him race.
Senior season, here we come.