|Interview after winning the|
1983 Atlantic 10 Conference
Cross Country title as a freshman
|Working in the timber business |
with my family.
As I drove I had to keep my feet planted firmly on the floorboard due to a rusted hole below the clutch pedal. If I didn't keep my feet on the floor the air from under the car would push the floor mat upward causing dirt and dust to fly up into your eyes. It didn't matter to me, that little grey car ran well, got great gas mileage and got me where I needed to go. However, I always kept a pair of running shoes in the back...Just in case.
|The New River near|
As we left the party, everyone started shouting to each other, "B-Y-O-N at 6:00AM". As we walked away, I asked Joe what "B-Y-O-N" was and he answered; "it stands for Bring Your Own Number". He explained, "it's tradition here that on the morning of graduation the team does a run called B-Y-ON where you Bring Your Own Number." I thought to myself that on 2.5 hours sleep there would be about 3 people show up for this team run and Joe and I would make up 2/3's of the group. As morning arrived to my surprise nearly 40 men and women from the track & cross country teams met in the Derring Hall parking lot at 6:00AM sharp ready to run a ~10 mile route called "Mansion".
It was the VT Preseason XC Camp in early September of 1985 next time I saw Lori. She arrived midweek at Camp Powhatan, a Boy Scout Camp in Hiwassee, VA we used for preseason, to say hello to former teammates. I recall everyone talking with her as she sat in the camp dining hall. Although I was looking her direction often we never spoke to each other.
|Back in the day...|
Grandview State Park
on the New River.
|My look in 1987 while|
backpacking in Wyoming
|Lori in 1988|
|Winning my 3rd|
Charleston 15 Miler...
this one under 1:15:00
|We tied our Adidas running shoes together in multiple|
knots on July 25, 1987 and ran laughing
with 3 legs out of the church.
Hard to do in a dress and tuxedo.
Those Adidas shoes are still tied in a knot
and still sitting in our living room.
|Lori, Luke and me.|