The Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Trails.
PART 1: COMMUNITY PROFILE
Since mid-winter, Eli Frankovich, outdoors editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper, had been asking to write about my cancer journey and how I used trail running to recover. We finally got together last week and the story appeared in yesterday's paper.
You can read the Spokesmen-Review article here.
PART 2: RUN, BABY, RUN
Last summer the cross-country ski trails up at Mt. Spokane became my running refuge above the intense smoke from forest fires that blanketed the state. I had skied the trails for many years but never run them in summer.
It was, in a word, magical. Well worth the 45-minute drive each way a few times a week.
The trails are wide, rolling and airy -- basically forestry roads, but still mostly grass-covered. And the views are phenomenal.
Directing a trail run event has been a goal of mine for a few years. In late winter the idea sprouted to host a race up on those trails I'd grown to love:
> partly to fulfill my above-stated goal of hosting a race,
> partly to introduce folks to the trails that are seldom appreciated in summer,
> and partly to raise at least some of the the almost $4,000 still needed to complete editing the Proof Of Life film.
The run, called the Mountain Magic Trail Run, came together in April.
It will take place on Saturday June 30, our 28th wedding anniversary, which means my gift to Rachelle is a seat at the check-in table and probably various other opportunities to serve our "party guests." If you think of the number of hours I'm putting into this, it's a pretty thoughtful token of my appreciation, wouldn't you say?
Okay, a little make-up gift may be in order...
I'm not sure what kind of numbers to expect, but that's not what's keeping me up at night. Most of the sleep I'm losing is over logistics. The run will be a true success if everyone who shows up has a good time (assuming your idea of fun is running to the point of exhaustion).
All in all, it's been a busier spring than I anticipated, but rewarding.
P.S. As I mentioned above, the Proof of Life film is a quarter of the way through editing. My hope is to use it as an encouragement for those coming out of their own cancer experience, and give a glimpse of what it's like to those who haven't gone through it themselves. It will also be a valuable tool in the OutLive project I'll launch in the coming year. (The project is discussed in the previous blog post.)
If you would like to support the film, please head to the GoFundMe page and help see it through. Thanks!