The Human Condition | Music City Trail Ultra – 2013
5am Saturday morning, cars begin pulling in to a large family farm nestled along the hills and woods of Cheatham County, TN. The grass is freshly cut, droplets of water on the blades, sunlight peaking over the hills. You can hear the the grass bend as people begin to line up for registration. The first 50k Ultra is getting ready to begin. Over 200 people from all walks of life came out to spend their day pushing their bodies to the limits. With several elevation points, steep drop offs, streams, rocks, snakes, ticks, spiders, heat, and even heavy rain, the trail had everything that would make you want to stay home. It was in the defiance of laziness and the will to prove that no matter what the obstacle may be, you can and will overcome to see yourself cross the finish line!
All day I would witness person after person finish the race. 10k, 25k, or 50k, none came by easily. From the most athletic female to the most unlikely male. The elderly man to the youngest little girl and her mom, these people finished, with a smile and sense of accomplishment. I was in awe and felt a sense of pride for my friends and fellow ‘dirtbaggers”, as they like to be called.
The night before, I helped out my friends set up tables and make last minute preps for the race. Some of the areas of the trail we couldn’t even get to with a beast of a Jeep. I mountain biked a small portion of it and that was no easy task.
The weekend before I hiked only 3 miles of the trail, it felt like eternity, so to see all these people celebrate their feat of feet and share in their happiness was pretty outstanding.
It inspires one to get up and get going. Walk, Run, Ride or Die. The choice is yours. Whether in a race or in life, push yourself beyond your own limit and believe in yourself, believe in that human condition that makes us cross from mountains and streams to oceans and galaxies, to stand at the edge and say “OK, where to next?”