It's a true Thanksgivukkah miracle!
In honor of Thanksgivukkah, several NETT members headed over to Brookline, Mass. (where else?) to run the Warrior Run XC race
and the results were nothing short of a miracle.
The event was full of NETT friends and faces. The moment we pulled into the parking lot we heard the familiar and soothing voice of Michael Mahon, who was closing up his XC grand tour for 2013. From the Thomas Chamberas 6K in August to the Warrior Run in December, Michael rode his bike to a pile of XC races. That on its own is truly miraculous.
Toeing the line for NETT at Larz Anderson Park were Chris, Eric V, Crazy Dave, Illya, and Doris. The course follows the Brookline High XC course, a two-loop (plus) course that includes two steady climbs on each lap. Doris ran steady and strong over the bumpy ground and finished up in about 27 minutes. But HER miracle move came after the race at the raffle, where she won a gift card to the Real Deal deli in West Roxbury. Winning a gift certificate to a deli at a race in Brookline on Thanksgivukkah? The only question is do you get a turkey sandwich or brisket??
Doris even had a semi-miraculous (okay, more coincidental) reunion with another familiar face--Bumble Bee Lady
who she met on Thursday at the Franklin Park 5K was at the Warrior Run too.
But perhaps the most impressive Thanksgivukkah Miracle came when the race organizers announced the top 3 finishers in the Masters division at the awards ceremony. Apparently the trio of NETT elders Eric (17:06) , Chris (17:23), and Dave (cough cough) found a bit of extra oil, mixed it up with some tryptophan and finished 1-2-3 in the Masters division. A with Ilya running a great race finishing up in 21:25, good for sixth master in the race, NETT went 1,2,3 and 6 in the Masters race. Mazel-tov and Gobble Gobble!
Overall this was a great race for a lot of reasons. All money goes to Brookline HS XC, which has its own NETT connection because Eric's daughter Gabby is on the team and won the HS girls race!). There's an extensive raffle (all the HS kids recruit the sponsors which is a great tradition). The course is challenging, but not insane (Doris said she'll do it again--that's a good sign). Special thanks to Allison for cheering and moral support. And as always, racing with fellow NETTers made it the best Thanksgivukkah ever!