Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Brooklyn Mother of Two Is Millionth NYC Marathon Finisher

Brooklyn Mother of Two Is Millionth NYC Marathon Finisher

Some of the most AWEsome things about this:
  1. That she was a 4:43:36 , 40 year-old finisher.  Rock ON, sister!
  2. The lifetime entry to NYC Marathon.  Notable not only financially, but logistically as well. For the non-elites, NYC is a VERY popular "lottery."  And non-refundable.  Learned THAT one the hard way...
  3. The photo opp with the elites.  That's one of the things I LOVE about marathoning.  We all run the same race.  The 2:10:59s and the 4:43:36s.  Same race.  Doubt I'll ever shoot hoops with MJ or play a round with Tiger, but I can (and have!) run a race with Meb!
  4. Any ink for Tatyana McFadden.  Go, ILLINI!  True Story: Last year, coming home from Las Vegas "about this time" , our flight from Chicago to Champaign was delayed for about 45 minutes as Illini equipment managers and American Airlines baggage handlers struggled with cramming the team's wheelchairs into the cargo area.  99.99% of the frustrated ticket-holders at the gate had no idea who she was.  Or that hours earlier, she had just won (friggin' WON!) the NYC Marathon.  But we were star-struck.  And felt kind of ridiculous, knowing that our suitcases full of Las Vegas souvenirs were taking up valuable cargo space needed for these AWEsome pieces of equipment.
  5. The fact that Katherine Slingluff was at home in Brooklyn to take the reporter's call "one hour after finishing the race."  An hour?  From Midtown to Brooklyn?   Dayam.  She should get another medal for THAT!

Brooklyn Mother of Two Is Millionth NYC Marathon Finisher

The 40-year-old didn't know the distinction was being recognized.

November 3, 2014
Katherine Slingluff, a 40-year-old mother of two, is the millionth finisher in the history of the New York City Marathon after completing the race in 4:43:36 on Sunday.
Slingluff did not learn of her distinction until a New York Daily News reporter reached her at her home in the Park Slope section of the borough of Brooklyn an hour after her finish. To commemorate the milestone, she received guaranteed entry into the New York City Marathon for life and was given a $500 gift certificate for marathon-related merchandise. On Monday morning, much to her excitement, she had her photo taken with 2014 champions Wilson Kipsang andMary Keitany and the wheelchair winners, Tatyana McFadden and Kurt Fearnley.
Slingluff, a freelance architectural and interior photographer, admitted “I wasn’t even aware it [the acknowledgement of the million finisher] was going to be given out” until she heard from the Daily News reporter while New York Road Runners personnel were also trying to contact her. “It was an extra surprise and a thrill,” she said.
Originally from Alabama, Slingluff has lived in New York for eight years, and after watching the marathon in 2013, “I considered the race one of the top things I ever wanted to do before I might ever have to move away,” she explained. She’d done the Marine Corps and Disney World Marathons many years ago but does not race regularly. “This was really getting back into the swing of things,” she said of the marathon. Slingluff played tennis and softball in high school but now considers her major exercise to be “carting two children around," ages 3 and 6.
Slingluff was part of the Girls on the Run charity team. Girls on the Run conducts a 12-week curriculum for girls in third through eighth grade, striving, as its website says, to “teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games,” culminating with a 5K run and the goal of encouraging “confidence through accomplishment.”
While Slingluff said she isn't sure if she'll use her guaranteed entry for next year's race, she wouldn't rule it out.
"I'd like to think I’d definitely do the honor and run it again," she said. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

1901 Field , Post-Harvest

I love the cycle of agriculture.  We get excited every time the beans / corn pop up for the first time in the spring.  And it's fun, humbling, and even relaxing to watch them grow throughout the spring, summer, fall.  But harvest is the bestest.  When we get to witness the massive, extended operation / undertaking of "bringing it all in" / "taking it all down."  

Then...we get our view back.