I LOVE the Beast. It is as much a reunion of friends, as it is a running event. It is a four loop (25 miles each) course along the Erie canal. It is pancake flat and there is NO protection from the environment. As pretty as it looks, it is tough and unforgiving. It scares the hell out of me.
In true Marco form, he said, “That’s great!!!! I’m so happy for you!!!! Keep moving. Don’t cry.” I complied, but moved at the fastest pace my body would allow. Jim went to go pick up Noah, but told me not to cry when I saw him, as we were not done yet. We still had a mile to go. We were also able to add my friend Andy to the herd as he completed his race. With about 1/10 of a mile to go, Natalie and Mark appeared, with a frozen cherry berry cooler. Oh, this is good!