Queens and the peo­ple

The Timaru Herald - - WELL & GOOD -

race events that have dif­fer­ent dis­tances – a marathon, half marathon, and a 5km, for ex­am­ple. Or like at the Tarawera race next month which fea­tures a 100 miler, a 100km, a 50km, and a 20km.

You’ll hear peo­ple say­ing, ‘‘Oh, I’m only do­ing the half marathon.’’ Or, ‘‘I’m just do­ing the 50km.’’ There is noth­ing ‘‘only’’ or ‘‘just’’ about do­ing a half marathon or a 50km (or a 5km or a 20km).

They are all huge achieve­ments, and peo­ple should be proud of them, not di­min­ish­ing them – and nor should those do­ing the longer dis­tances be smug, ei­ther.

On the Dirt Church Ra­dio pod­cast this week, we talk to Court­ney Dauwal­ter, who is a global trail-run­ning su­per­star, an Amer­i­can who runs races far in ex­cess of 100 miles, even.

If any­one is qual­i­fied to look down their noses at shorter dis­tance races, it’s her.

But when co-host Matt Ray­ment and I talked to her about this trend, she was quick to re­spond.

‘‘Oh, man. When peo­ple do say they’re only go­ing 60k or 30k or what­ever it is, I’m like, ‘no, that’s so awe­some’,’’ Dauwal­ter tells us.

‘‘I’m just ex­cited for peo­ple to get out and ex­pe­ri­ence the trails at all. So many peo­ple don’t know the net­works in their own area, there are great trails all around the world, so I just get ex­cited when peo­ple are out en­joy­ing that and the free­dom that you can feel out on those trails.’’

So, there you go: that sen­sa­tion of free­dom and en­joy­ment that some­one as tal­ented as Court­ney Dauwal­ter feels on the trails? You can ex­pe­ri­ence it, too.

Get­ting out the door and go­ing for a run is a sport­ing chal­lenge bil­lions of peo­ple can tackle.

Eu­gene Bing­ham and Matt Ray­ment are hosts of a trail run­ning pod­cast Dirt Church Ra­dio. Learn more at dirtchurchra­dio.com or get in touch via email dirtchurchra­[email protected]

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