and the long, long night goes on.

3 more hours until daylight.

and we wonder what thoughts the runners are thinking.

their faces reveal nothing

as they go about the task at hand.




do they think about the many days and nights ahead?

they dare not

or it might crush their spirit.

do they think about the hundreds of miles ahead

as they close in on 90?

they dare not

or the task might seem impossible.

have they retreated to some secret place

deep inside

the body and mind separated?

they dare not

or they might slow down and not make the cutoff.


so what keeps them running?


it can only be because they started yesterday with a dream.

and these are the athletes who never give up on their dreams.

they will not be broken in a single night.


these are true warriors.