Safely tucked back in my office in Ottawa, I had all of yesterday’s airports and airplanes to quietly reflect on what had just happened. I found it poignant that the last person I saw at the airport prior to boarding, was Sister McRae. She was wearing a smile as broad as that wonderful heart that beats inside of her for all things Great Race and Great Racers. We talked briefly about the joy she felt at being presented the Tom McRae Spirit of the Race Award. She was genuinely moved by that recognition. She has been through so much. I recall meeting her in 1995 when Great Race started in Ottawa… I swear that she hasn’t changed one bit. Whether a part of it, on the outside looking in and now thanks to the Cokers, feeling so much a part of it again, Sister McRae is special!
As I filed away materials and keepsakes from 2013, I counted my collection of Great Race Yearbooks; I have completed 16 Great Race events since coming on board in 1995. I genuinely love what I get to do, have learned to love the people that not only compete, but all the folks behind the scenes who make the event occur.
I’ll anxiously await the posting of the final results, read on blogs and social media the thoughts and reflections of others who participated this year, examine every photo on SmugMug, and cheer when details of Great Race 2014 are finalized and announced.
Thanks to all. It’s been another great ride!