Mastodon Weekend 2012: Evolved

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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4 Responses

  1. gracie says:

    Outside looking in, the difference between 1:55:00 and 2:00:28 over the course of 13.1 miles doesn’t seem like much. But after going, literally, from the couch to a disappointingly slow 5K over the last few months, I actually get it. Though I wasn’t there, based on all written accounts I’m pretty sure that your five minutes was spent generously hosting dozens of people over the course of a weekend. You gave it to everyone else, Otis. You just didn’t have it to spend at the end of that race. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of. You and Michelle are flat out super heroes. Cheers to you both.

  2. Drizztdj says:

    I got a tap on my butt at mile 2 and it was your brother who I would try to stick with until mile four and certain death if I attempted to do it further. Then Grange came up and I hung with him for a couple of miles and watched his similar long stride to mine drift along the Swamp Rabbit Trail up towards those god-awful hills.

    According to the Garmin, I did the baseball field in a 6:23/mile pace. After dying on those hills (averaging near 10:00/mile) I sprinted to leave nothing left, and despite turning the last corner in left field to see a number higher than two hours, I loved that a) I finished b) throwing the goat at a special group that has made me a better person by association c) I didn’t die.

    Feel proud of what you accomplished. Feel proud of the people you, John, and Dan brought together and inspired to do this. And most of all, feel proud of you. Bloody toe in all. Seriously, that was nasty man, hope you’re ok.

    Until next time we meet.

  3. Dan England says:

    This weekend meant a lot to me. You summed up why.

  4. Dr. Chako says:

    New Brad – gonna run Boston with me?


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