A Gathering of Heroes

I have the privilege of hanging out with a group of heroes today. Nine people with congenital heart defects, who have had a total of sixteen heart operations. Their friends and families will be there, too. And tomorrow, this group is going to run, walk, and job 6.2 miles.

At an altitude of over 5000 feet above sea level.

I’m not counting myself – I’m not in the race. There is no way I could handle it. Even though I had a great time in town yesterday and did not have any problems, I am feeling it today. My calves and ankles hurt! So I’m staying at our race day HQ, making sure that everyone has their paperwork and entry forms in order before they hit the road. The Denver ACHA has done this before and they have a pretty smooth operation; I am just a cog in the machine.

Why get involved in a road race when your pump is dsyfunctional? Everyone has their own reasons – some because it fit in nicely with their regular exercise routine, other to prove that they can – to others and to themselves.

Most heroes never anticipated becoming heroes. But things happen, and you deal with it. Those two National Park Service employees went to work expecting it to be a normal day, then Air Florida flight 90 slammed into the 15th street bridge in Washington. Using their helicopter, they saved several people and became instant heroes. But go ask them, they had rather it been just your average winter day.

Needless to say, none of my friends asked to have a bad heart. But you have to play the hand you are dealt. When you get to the end of your rope, you tie a knot and you hang on.

That’s what Heroes do;

Steve – The Funky Heart

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