A Run on the Wild Side – Arctic Style
I am used to undertaking challenges in the vertical realm which require patience and endurance, but had not really ever embraced one on the horizontal plane. Albert Martens presented me the opportunity to run a marathon in the land of the polar bear as the arctic freeze would hold our 26 mile route in it’s clutches. The idea sounded just crazy enough to be fun and memorable for my first ever marathon run. It certainly met my expectations as a difficult endeavor with sports drinks turning to slushies as I ran, my legs going numb not only from fatigue but from the cold. While the run was exhilarating out in the cold, it couldn’t compare with the warmth that I received from the team of runners and that given by the town of Churchill and the volunteers who made it possible for us to complete the effort safely. This run serves as an example of how we all must keep striving for goals, looking towards the finish line and beyond. Just being part of a group running like this taught me lessons about community, leadership, patience and perseverance. It could be looked at as a run through a national treasure, but the treasure was far greater and deeper than the completion of a tough run.
I will have a memory to last the rest of my life, new friends, and a new respect for an organization – Athletes in Action – that is working with the First Nations peoples lending support, resources, love and kindness in the name of Jesus to help them with alcoholism, poverty, health and depression. A new journey has begun in my heart and mind as I now look forward to one day going back.