I am happy to tell you the story behind the scenery:
Excuse #1 – I can’t run?!
A few months back, Tamar Oren-Raz & Elad Raz (ELEm-Entries and good friends of mine) joined the New York Road Runners and started running every other weekend on different runs organized by the association. They also mentioned to me that they are signed up for the Israel Day Run on June 3rd.
A few weeks ago – Ifat Lev (ELEM-Entryst who joined ELEM-Entry NY at about the same time I did) posted on her facebook page a call to any of her friends who might be interested in joining her to the Israel Day Run. This time I decided to explore more – and found out that the run is 4 miles. I told Ifat I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do it – and she said – “Of course you can!”.
Later on the day it stroke me. Yes, I can. Not only to run. I can raise awareness to the cause I’m so deeply passionate about by running 4 miles. Derived by this notion – I started making the necessary arrangements.
Excuse #2 – I don’t know what to wear!
Luckily – Pninit Boev – one of ELEM-Entry’s most motivated activists – has already worked on producing ELEM-Entry NY t-shirts (see the next posting about the parade). All I had to do (aside from putting together a training program…) was to ask Tamar, Elad and Ifat if they will be willing to run wearing ELEM-Entry NY t-shirts. I also contacted other fellow ELEM-Entries who I thought would be interested in joining – which resulted in Ayelet Levron (ELEM-Entry NY Core member) and Shira Hon (ELEM-Entry NY activist) joining us and making us a running team of 6!
Excuse #3 – Registration closed!
10 days before the run we tried to sign up for the run. We were very surprised to learn that the registration had been closed as the run was SOLD-OUT! But that didn’t turn us down. We decided we will run anyway – as our dedication and determination is bigger than bureaucracy or shirt numbers.
Excuse #4 – The night before the Sunday 8 AM run
The night before the run I emailed and called all the runners to make sure they are all showing up the next morning. Pninit brought me the team’s t-shirts. I was extremely exhausted, however – I couldn’t get to bed since I was so excited. At 10:50 PM I received the following email from Shira Hon:
On Jun 2, 2012, at 10:50 PM, Shira Hon wrote:
I am not 100% sure that i will run. if you can’t bring the shirt don’t worry about it. I might just come with my regular cloths.
In any case good luck and have a great run. I will call you at 7 am to tell you my final decision.
My reply to that was simply:
On Jun 2, 2012, at 10:55 PM, Nitzan ELEM-Entry wrote:
you are coming!
and I am bringing your t-shirt with me!!!
see you there!
(The next morning Shira thanked me for doing it )
Excuse #5 – One t-shirt short
For some reason I only checked the content of the bag Pninit handed me the night before only on the morning after, just to discover that I am missing Tamar’s t-shirt! When I arrived at Tamar & Elad’s and told her the news – she made a sad face, but didn’t let it take her down. She immediately took the official Israel Day Run t-shirt, and with a pen scrapped “ELEM-ENTRY NY” on it, cut it and with the help of Elad attached it to her shirt.
Now that all excuses were finally handled right – we were ready to hot the road!
10,000 participants, hundreds of cheering spectators and volunteers, uphills and downhills and 4 miles later – we finally got to the end line.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
See you next year!