The 2014 Calgary Marathon – MORE COWBELL

On the afternoon of May 31, 2014, I arrived at my new home for the weekend, Eleanor Town, having been greeted by the town’s mayor, Eleanor. And, luckily for you, the cameras were rolling…

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Reunion of the mayors of Greg City and Eleanor Town

On the morning of June 1, 2014, I awoke to the sound of my Broadway Running Roommates’ voices in my head… “Don’t blow this for us, Gene!” “Quit being so selfish, Gene!”

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But I kept telling myself, “You know what? It’s fine. Let’s just do the thing.”

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I arrived at the start line on the Calgary Stampede grounds unsure, nervous, edgy.

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And then the thought occurred to me, “I’m standing here, staring at pace bunny legend Alan Yu. And if Alan Yu wants more cowbell, I should probably give him more cowbell!”

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And we were off.

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6k – “Melissa, wait! Why don’t you lay down that cowbell right now? With me. Together.”

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17k – “All our times have come, Here, but now they’re gone.” – Pargol Lakhan / The Blue Oyster Cult

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23k – “Babies, before we’re done here, y’all be wearing gold-plated belt buckle medals.”

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25k – “Gene, you know… that… it doesn’t work for me. I gotta have more cowbell!” – the Orginal Greg

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29k – “Guess what? We got a fever! And the only prescription is MORE COWBELL.” – Celtic band Cabot’s Crossing

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35k – “And I’d be doing myself a disservice — and every member of this Calysto Steel Band, if I didn’t perform the HELL out of this!”

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40k – “I’ll be honest cuz, it was sounding great. But I could’ve used a little more cowbell. So, let’s take it again, and Gene, really explore the marathon space this time.” – Jolene Lawson

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“Easy, guys. I put my jorts on just like the rest of you — one leg at a time. Except, once my jorts are on, I run marathons.”

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Chip Time – 3:41.40
Overall – 234/1656
M – 185/965
M30-34 – 28/123

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