50 State Revolution! A salute to all. Part III and ConclusionSubmitted by dexterszyd on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 19:17
***My night in the woods****
As many of you know by now I dedicated an Ultra Marathon run to the hard working people of the liberty movement. All of you fought so hard and worked tirelessly day and night. You became delegates in all 50 states and took the fight all the way up to the National Platform. You are my inspiration! You are my hero's! You are the fearless ! You are the risk takers! Let the whole world know who we are....WE ARE THE REVOLUTION!!!!!
Here is my brief tale of my adventure Friday night. First some background. I entered this race not as a numbered participant or for PR but to support an incredible women who is pictured in this video:
What makes her so incredible is she entered and trained to do a 100 mile Ultra marathon in under 30 hrs. That is a story in itself. My role was to pace her through the trails at night to provide encouragement, motivation and a little tough love to get her through to the next stage. Endurance runners have highs and lows and need to fight through some real battles to make to the finish.
Most of these pacers will enure 1 loop (17.5 miles) through the backwoods of Hell MI. I decided to double down and do 2 loops (35 miles) which essentially is a little over 50 kilometers. Yes, I did it for the runner but I also knew 50 was a magic number. That's when I thought this night run through Hell had deeper purpose. I wanted to run 1 kilometer for every state. Each kilometer was a salute to you!
As you can see by my pictures on my right arm I flaunted the Revolution and on my left a salute to Ron Paul and all of you here on The Daily Paul!
The course is a 17.5 mile loop (Garmin distance) and there are 4 aid stations along the way providing, carbs, hydration ,supplements and first aid for runners.
I was getting set up about 11:00 Friday night in the staging area and had a ton of people checking out my painted up shout out on my arms. One guy even grabbed my arms and looked them over and nodded to me with an accepting smile and said "I voted for Ron Paul too" . It was really cool. I had alot of anxious nervousness inside me waiting for my runner. It was absolutely pouring buckets and all I could think was damn I'm going to get wet.
I enter the woods at about 00:45 am and entered the trail head in wind, rain and about 62 degree temperature. The trails were sloppy and muddy and could only be traversed single file in most areas. The footing was slick and the inclines and declines on some of the more severe grades proved to be a real challenge. I did say to my self a few times "what the hell am I doing out here?"
As the night progressed the temperature dropped into the high 50's and still raining. I encountered an aid station refueled and ran out with a few runners. We stayed together for a while and started talking. One guy from Louisville KY asked me " what is the revolution logo for?" He honestly did not know. I told him about the movement and the growing numbers of people and why I painted it on my arms. He couldn't believe it. Another runner said " most people do this sadistic stuff for PR, charity and other reasons but I have never heard of someone doing this for a movement." Then I was asked by the first guy " How can I get more information about these liberty people" that's when I passed him and turned to my left so his headlamp could see my left arm through the rain and mist where the DAILY PAUL was in block letters. He asked if that was a web site....I said no....It's THEE WEB SITE!.... From the Daily Paul is the trunk of the information tree that takes you to a lot of branches. He said he would sincerely check it out. I will hold him to it cause we exchanged numbers after the race.
I had a lot of shout outs from folks saying "HELL YEAH REVOLUTION!" and "RON PAUL ROCKS" It was really cool.
Much of our time in sections of the trail were alone and in the dark so I took advantage of those opportunities when runners lumped up to strike up light conversation. Obviously much of these conversations were centered around running and nutrition but I did manage to talk about the elections at times and was able to draw attention to the RNC failures as well as the FED.
I believe in my heart a few people took notice and will look into Ron Paul and his teachings little closer and visit us here on the Daily Paul.
I finished my 2nd loop around 9:30 or so Saturday morning.
Here I am after dropping my runner and cruising into the main aid tent. OK I'm a little cocky in this one but hey...I was on top of the world!
The gal I was running with did finish her 100 miler in 29 hrs 22 minutes 38 minutes before the cut off.
As I was leaving reflecting on the events that unfolded I was looking at all the cars in the parking lot and guess what. I must have noted 6 to 8 Ron Paul 2012 bumper stickers.
My final thoughts are this. We have an opportunity however it may look in a logo, a name or a web site. The opportunity to keep this fire lit and don't stop until we succeed and accomplish our goals. We will have ups and we will downs we will have highs and lows. It is our training, conditioning and mental toughness that will get us there. Our nutrition in the form of what information we put into our bodies will fuel us along the way. Sometimes we will need help from our friends to get us through. We all need to DIG DEEP! Even when it seems impossible cause we have the power within ourselves to change the world and cross that finish line!
I love my DP family and if I can I will be there to pace you too along the way and help get you through the rough spots. I hope you will do the same for me...
The Revolution is ALIVE AND WELL!
By the way, the sun did come up and it was the most beautiful warming sight. It shot rays through the trees and the little remaining water droplets falling from the leaves from the nights rain sparkled with promise. At that point I knew we were unstoppable!