In the quiet of a small waiting area at Gainesville Airport…there are a total of 3 gates, I start to unwind and reflect on yet another successful Great Race experience. While excited at the thought of going home to Ottawa to be with family once again and to celebrate Canada Day, it is not without a rush og appreciation for all that I got to do and see over the past twelve days. After doing this for nineteen years one has to appreciate that over those years, another family plays an important role in my life as well. That indeed is the Great Race family. From the Cokers, Sister McRae, all the staff, the volunteers, the participants…you get the idea, there’s a huge network out there with whom I get to share excitement, challenges and camaraderie.
Each year seems better than the last! With a fabulous start city, through several excellent lunch and dinner stops each day has brought its own level of excitement. Amongst my favorites this year…. Downtown Lowell, Poughkeepsie, NY, Millsboro, DE, New Bern, NC, Clinton NC ,and Mount Pleasant, SC. Needless to say, the Finish is always special and the Villages was no exception…long after the banquet was completed and long after I was back to my hotel…the ring of whistles blasting welcome to the teams was still buzzing in my ears.
Suffice to say…another great year with another group of Great Racers!\
Long live the Great Race!
Now come US Air…take me home!