Banquet weekend

This weekend we went down to Columbia, SC to attend John’s SE&TRA Banquet. The Southeastern Enduro and Trail Riders Association is an off-road racing organization that holds events all around the southeastern United States. John has been racing a couple of years now and goes all over for the races – from Tennessee to Florida to Alabama  and everything in between. This year he road in two series – Enduro and Hare Scramble. Most people only run one or the other. Here is the description from the SE&TRA website:

SE&TRA currently offers three different types of series, Enduro, Harescrambles, and Junior Enduro. The Enduro is an endurance run that usually covers between 60 and 90 miles where the rider is racing against the clock. Riders leave at different times and must average a given speed. The Harescramble is more like a motocross through the woods. All the riders start at the same time and whoever crosses the finish line first wins.

He had an awesome year and came in 1st for his class in the Enduro series and 2nd in his class in the Harescramble series. Those wins took a ton of hard work and he was gone almost every weekend of the season.

Here are some shots of what he looks like at most races – well, Hare scrambles, anyway… I have never been to an Enduro – it is too long for me to stick around – they are all day events. The hare scrambles take about 3 hours!

John getting ready before the race

John getting ready before the race

Starting line at a Harescramble

Starting line at a hare scramble - he is the guy with the bald head in the back of this picture

john at finish

John after the race! DIRTY

John after the race! DIRTY

I realize that I never can seem to get a picture of his face!

So, fast forward to the banquet yesterday… it was held at the Marriott in downtown Columbia and was very nice. They had good food and we sat with John’s friend Jerry and son Julian, who both also race, and Jerry’s wife.

Again, no face for John (Jody got some good pictures, so hopefully she will send them!)

Another shot of the back of John's head.

Another shot of the back of John's head.

Julian and his huge trophy

Julian and his huge trophy

Back at our hotel John went through all of his prizes

Back at our hotel John went through all of his prizes

Two plaques and gift certificates

Two plaques and gift certificates

Lots of motorcycle stuff and the coveted jacket

Lots of motorcycle stuff and the coveted jacket

The jacket is embroidered with his name, class and CHAMPION!

The jacket is embroidered with his name, class and CHAMPION!

So this is MY healthy challenge blog, how does this all fit in? Well, John is the ultimate challenge seeker. When he decides what he wants to do he goes after it and succeeds. He is the most focused and driven person I know and he pushes me to be better.  I never think I can run faster than I do, or I can’t push my self harder… he tells me I can.

Congratulations John! You are awesome.

Advertisements

4 Comments

  1. p90xakers

    I would love to race like that. I enjoy riding but never got into racing. Only problem I have really is since I broke my wrist, it starts to hurt after an hour of riding.

  2. Linda

    Sounds like you had a great time! Congratulations to John!

    You might actually be starting to enjoy yoga a bit now that you are getting the poses.

  3. Ted

    Congratulations to John! Yes, Laura, he is good motivation for you as the ultimate challenge seeker.

  4. Katheryn

    Go Dad!!! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: