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2006-09-26 1:11 PM

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Subject: Paper plates, a 19 hour finish, and the triathlon state of mind
This story represents all that is good about triathlon and endurance sports in general. Below are the words from a proud father of a volunteer at a run aid station on the 2nd Annual Redman iron-distance triathlon:

"After leaving the medical tent sometime after midnight, I drove to R5 to pick up my daughter, Rachel, who was responsible for the "high school kids" at that run station. She is a senior in HS and wanted to volunteer because her daddy was doing the race ("only" the half). She and her unruly and mottley crew were there all day and night. When I went to pick her up at 12:30-12:45, she was sitting on the run path at R5, waiting for DanMan, the last runner. I said, "Rachel, we have to go home now". She said, "I'm staying for the last runner; he's so nice". But mean old dad that I am, I made her leave. So, she had already set out food and gatorade and water and lots of goodies for Dan, all on paper plates, and she had written on those plates, all from her heart. She felt the "state of mind" and wrote that Dan and all the athletes were a total inspiration to her and her peers. She personally identified with many many of the athletes and wrote that Ironman (and triathlon) is a state of mind. It was tough for her to leave that night because she wanted to see Dan through, but when I got home from the awards brunch and told her Dan finished [in over 19 hrs!] and looked GREAT that day, all was well with her. She never thought the paper plates would make it through the night; she was certain they would be tossed, run over, or shredded by some animal. It just goes to show that the "little things" do go a long way and make a difference..."
--David Flesher

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As a participant in this remarkable event, this story moved me more than my own finish. These plates will forever be THE symbol of my first ironman experience, reminding me why triathlon is such an incredible sport: What other sport cheers the last place finisher as loudly as the first? With what other sport can a father inspire his high school daughter and her friends to sacrifice their Saturday (day and night) to hand water to sweaty old men? What other sport has a competitor that can influence a teenager not with drugs or alcohol, but with the Ironman "state of mind"!? What other sport can open the heart of a young woman to the motivating spirit that is triathlon?

And to DanMan, Dave Wood (the RD), all the staff and volunteers at Redman, David and Rachel Flesher, my parents (Dan and Mary), and especially my wife, Sarah, I want to quote Rachel's plate: "Thank you being an inspiration to us all, reminding us that ironman is not a race, but a state of mind."

-David



2006-09-26 1:54 PM
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Okay, I'll admit it, I just teared up a little bit.
2006-09-26 1:56 PM
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That's an awesome story. Thank you.
2006-09-26 2:53 PM
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That's awesome.  When I was 17, I lived in Oklahoma and wrote all swirly like that, too...but I'd never heard of triathlon.  That came later, in the Olympics of 2000 if I'm not mistaken.   How great that HS students today can know about our amazing sport!

2006-09-26 3:07 PM
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Curses!!! Why can I not see the pictures... the internet hates me.

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2006-09-26 3:14 PM
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Brett, Try this link or click below:

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3832/321/1600/PaperPlates.0.jpg 



2006-09-26 3:28 PM
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dgillen - 2006-09-26 2:14 PM

Brett, Try this link or click below:

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3832/321/1600/PaperPlates.0.jpg 

Awesome.

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2006-09-26 3:30 PM
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Atlantia - 2006-09-26 11:54 AM

Okay, I'll admit it, I just teared up a little bit.


Me too. But mostly because the page is broken on my browser AND I can't see the picture.
2006-09-26 4:45 PM
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I was at Redman for a little while just to watch.  I'm planning on making it my first half next year.  While I was there, the weather was less than perfect - pretty chilly and overcast.  For HS kids to volunteer for anything is good.  For them to do it in less than perfect conditions and for such a long time is awesome.  I'm sure it has been stated much more eloquently, but if it weren't for the volunteers this sport would be much different.

Kudos to the kiddos and a hardy good job to all that participated

2006-09-26 5:01 PM
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Very cool. You should be very proud of her.

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2006-09-26 7:31 PM
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For those that can't see the image...

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3832/321/1600/PaperPlates.jpg

The end of the original url said PaperPlates.0.jpg. You have to take out the .0 and it should only be PaperPlates.jpg...

Jerry

Nice story.


2006-09-26 7:43 PM
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OK.  I'm sorry everyone.  I've obviously never posted a picture here before. 

This link should work as it's on my own site:

http://gillens.net/PhotoAlbums/MyFirstIronman/target27.html

It's a great photo though, so please take a look.

-David 

 

 

 

2007-09-26 1:37 PM
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Wow what a great story.  Thank you for sharing this.  Its amazing how much this sport can touch the lives of people.  Congratulations to all those who competed at Redman.
2007-09-26 2:27 PM
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It is addicting, isn't it.  I can guarantee that your daughter's enthusiasm and support were highly appreciated!
2007-09-26 2:31 PM
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Great story....thanks for posting it.
2007-09-26 3:18 PM
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Awesome story! Thanks for sharing!


2008-08-18 3:35 PM
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This story sums up why I am a triathlete
2008-08-18 10:27 PM
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I did the full last year and at the awards banquet they now give out the "paper plates award." Pretty cool. Awesome race!
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