”What are you doing when you are at your happiest?” It’s a question my mom has asked me many times over the years. And it’s a question that I’ve in turn asked many kiddos in our programs. In many ways, Crow’s Path has sought to creatively connect staff, families, and participants with that secret yearning desire latent in our bones that calls us to adventure. It is these secrets of the heart that we as staff, or to many, mentors, attempt to reveal to kids. We do this through play, exploration, song, story, skill building, asking deep questions, and provide a safe space for kids to be kids. And it is in these spaces where we as a community are able to find those things that make us happiest.
My answer to that question has changed many times over the years, but one recurring thread is the simple art of running. Running has brought me to the top of Mt Olympus, the bottom of Death Valley, shoulder to shoulder with Sammy Wanjiru, Kara Goucher, and some of the greatest athletes of all time. While most of the 30,000+ miles that I’ve run in my life – more than enough to circumnavigate the globe – have been run in solitude, or at least without the companionship of another runner, many of my best moments have been those where I get to share this passion with others. I love running the Vermont City Marathon, giving out high 5s to kids and families along the way. In this way, running has been a way of both being inspired and inspiring others.
My inspiration for running always leads me to the questions: “What am I capable of? Are my limits mental or physical? How do I push those limits back beyond view of the next horizon?” In finding that answer I wanted to share this process with others. So I’m inviting you to participate!