Today, somewhere in Oklahoma, a race was held to honor an Oklahoma State Trooper who lost his life in the line of duty almost a year ago. This has been a labor of love by his mother, and is laying the foundation for the establishment of a scholarship fund in his honor. When I heard about this last year, I knew I had to run this virtual race.
Originally, I’d planned to run 7.31 miles, which is the distance chosen for the race — Tooper Dees badge number was 731. However, the snow on the Wildwood Greenway made for a tough slog, so I ended up only completed 6km. Still, I was happy to have helped honor a life ended too early, and in a senseless accident that was likely preventable.
I loved going out in the snow today, and I definitely learned that I need more practice in the snow before I’ll have any kind of speed in those conditions. It was clear, and snowy, and icy, depending on where I was on the trail… And it was beautiful.