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Getting Back In The Race

Greetings From The Booth!

Let’s start by putting a bow on Shenandoah University basketball. The Hornet women saw their season end last week in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament with a loss to Southern Virginia, but will look back on the most successful campaign in program history at 22-6. The core group of seniors were part of 58 wins, 2 ODAC titles, and 2 appearances in the “big dance.” Not to mention winners of 15 of their last 17 games this season. The Hornet women were a gritty bunch who didn’t always bring their “A” game, but found a way to win. They had that intangible called “chemistry” and were a joy to watch this past season.

As for the SU men, a sad farewell to Head Coach Adam Walsh, who resigned last week after a 5-year stint in his hometown. The James Wood grad compiled a 23-86 record while at Shenandoah, and yes, ultimately it’s about the “W’s” However, a look beyond the numbers will show you a class act, who, despite the defeats, was almost always positive in his outlook, cared about his players, and made sure they excelled in the classroom. In the end, Coach just couldn’t change the culture on the court, something that has to happen in order to fill seats at Wilkins Center. We wish Adam the very best in the next chapter of his life.

For area runners, it looks like it’s back to normal with full-fledged events this year, as opposed to the “virtual races” of the past several years. That includes Saturday’s Edward Jones 5k Race For Education in Front Royal. Always a great event, and benefits a number of worthy causes. If you’re reading this ahead of race day (March 12-8am), come on out, even if it’s just to cheer on the runners.

For me, it’ll be a return to area races for the first time since 2017. At the tail end of each year, we are asked to submit “wish lists” with professional as well as personal goals for the upcoming year. On my list was the goal of running a 5k in 2022, and I’m going to try to make that happen Saturday. At 62, the knees aren’t what they used to be, and I’m hoping there’s some truth to the phrase “slow and steady wins the race.”

At 62 and on bad wheels, I’m going to have to lower the bar a bit. I’m not 32, 42, even 52. I may be walking some of the EJ 5K on Saturday, but I’m slowly making peace with being that guy that 7 people cheer for as he struggles to the finish line as the race volunteers are tearing down (watch the movie “Brittany Runs A Marathon). I’m determined to finish.

If you want to know which runner is me on Saturday, I’m the guy waving bye-bye to Molasses, Christmas, and a Stop Light (all really slow things) as they blow by me on the Leach Run Parkway.

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!

RW

 

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