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!
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!)
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.
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