Yesterday I ran up a mountain.

But more importantly I ran up a mountain with friends. No matter what you do in life, it is always better with a group of friends!  Yes life is better when you have a group to belong to, a group to share exciting news and accomplishments with, a group to lean on when times are tough, a group to learn with, and a group that motivates and encourages you to be the best that you can be!

I went back and read my race report from 2011, the first year that I ran The Currahee Challenge.  These were the words that I recorded, “The early morning drive to Toccoa had a beautiful sky with a few strands of clouds surrounded by some beautiful pink colors. As I stopped at the traffic light at Jeanette Jamerson intersection, there Currahee Mountain stood and was perfectly centered. I had been reading about the history of Currahee Mountain and the meaning that the Cherokee Indians had given to Currahee “Stand Alone” was perfectly clear. The 506th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the 101st Airborne Division adopted this as their motto, “We Stand Alone Together”. What an awesome day for a race with this beautiful sun coming up and the crisp fall air. I couldn’t help but think on this. Yes each of the runners would be alone in their quest to complete the course, but together with friends.”

Currahee Mountain challenges me greatly each year!  When the race results were shared, I listened to the awards and they started with the age group of seventy.  Here I stand at fifty, and hoping my name is being called at seventy!  I sure hope some of the friends that I stood with yesterday are still standing with me in twenty years!  I will continue to do my part to keep this group intact!  Hence another goal for fifty is 50!  Be a friend and be a part of a group.  Now this will keep me going!

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