POST BY MATT DESMOND
Wednesday January 12, 2011 DAY 04 of the Run
Day 4 of the run, 108 miles down, 108,000 mind-blowing strides, approximately! The Run Across Ethiopia team gelled today over the 30 mile run with an earlier start and extremely efficient support along the run: water every half hour, food every hour, no lolligagging. That added up to an earlier end time and about an hour and a half less in the hot afternoon sun.
We made big waves in the small communities we passed through, including many consisting of round, mud-brick, thatch roofed houses. Folks welcomed us even more heartily today. Adults and children joined us en masse as we passed by, some for several miles.
The highlight of the day was midway through the run when 60 or so people ran with and behind us, mostly children. A chant erupted from the kids: “Chelsea! Chelsea! Chelsea!” referencing the English soccer team. Nigel, our Liverpool loving British teammate was none too pleased! Soon, however, we were able to redirect the cheer to honor our visionary leader: “Treter, Treter, Treter!” The moment was well deserved for Chris and provided a timely pick-me-up for us all.
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