POST FROM JACOB WHEELER via the Glen Arbor Sun
Original Post from Day 6 – January 13th
Though the Run Across Ethiopia harriers finished yesterday’s 30-mile run with their bodies intact and their spirits high, strategic holes emerged during the Day 5 performance. The runners failed to stay in a pack and some legged out the final miles as rugged individuals. As a result, they didn’t recognize immediately when a Team TESFA Ethiopian runner nearly pulled up lame.
Fast forward to this morning on the team bus leaving Ziway for Day 6, another tough 30-miler. Coach Dan Zemper — a late but very important addition to the run — held court with an allegorical story about how Canadian geese fly faster in a tight V formation because they remain in a pack, draft behind one another, and never let a single goose fall behind.
The runners took Zemper’s words to heart, remained in a pack today, and finished strong despite a vicious midday sun that beat through a cloudless sky. Mercifully, today was the last of four consecutive 30-mile days. The Run Across Ethiopia team has now completed 168 miles since Sunday, putting them 67 percent of the way to Yirgachefe.
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