we are going to lose some today.

of course we know there will be casualties on the trail.

they are into their third day of running without a break

but somehow it is different watching it in progress.


some of the runners are working hard to make the cutoffs

they are sometimes coming in after the whistles start.

this leaves them little or no chance to rest.

already they are stretched thin.

pushed to the limits of endurance.

when the physical limits are reached

then it is only the mind that can propel them.

the desire to go on

the will to win.


desperate struggles are happening on big’s trail.

the 45

every one of them will fight to the last.


and all we can do is watch

(then send them back to do it again)