Pre said it best when he said “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” When Ed asked me to step up to serve as President for the Tuscaloosa Track Club for the next two (2) years, I was excited, but a little scared. It’s easy to be a worker bee, because you do what’s asked of you in a volunteer job all about running! And I love running and all that it gives us back, but now to step up to this position, and ask others to give.... I hope I meet the challenge, and I promise to give my best!
My lead in to start asking you to give your best, at a sport we all love that has given us life-long friends, better health, stronger bodies, and a lot of laughs!
The phrase “Go West, young man” is a phrase often credited to the American author and newspaper editor Horace Greeley concerning America’s expansion westward, related to the thenpopular concept of Manifest Destiny. Greeley saw the fertile farmland of the west as an ideal place for people willing to work hard for the opportunity to succeed. Well, three (3) of my closest friends“The Three Amigos” we shall be known, decided to go West - all the way to Lake Powell Arizona or Utah, depending on where you stand. We weren’t going to farm, but I do like the concept that if you work hard you’ll have the opportunity to succeed in whatever you do. In this case, The Three Amigos were running a half marathon.
Lake Powell Half Marathon is one of 10 National Park Half Marathons, all of which offer a magnificent medal (if you like your bling).
There are certain people you “run” across in life that you instantly admire and know that they will be a constant and be consistent with who they are as long as you know them. Tammy Denson is one of those wonderful folks. She is who she is and you just know you can always
count on her, whether it is showing up for a workout or as director of one of the largest running events in Tuscaloosa. Tammy always has a supportive word for the slowest to the swiftest runners at a gathering, probably more so for the slowest of us. The running community in Tuscaloosa is very fortunate to have Tammy as an avid supporter, resource, role model and
organizer. It takes a strong person to be the backbone of a community and my friend Tammy is one of the strongest I have ever met.
I asked her to capsulize her running career and give some advice from her vast experience which can help us all train better and enjoy our running to the utmost.