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2312, 2020

Daily Devotions

December 23rd, 2020|

I open my eyes and look at the digital clock next to my bed. 5:29 a.m. I quickly reach for it and move the small switch to the right, turning off the alarm that will otherwise sound within seconds. Sliding out of bed I stand in the darkness and reach onto the floor where there is a pile of clothes and a pair of shoes. I pick them up and quietly, leave my bedroom, and get dressed in the bathroom. It is October and I know that it is the low 40’s outside. I put on a t-shirt, a hooded […]

2212, 2020

The Race Nobody Finished

December 22nd, 2020|

I have competed in some races that were disasters. There was the time that a hiker intentionally removed the directional arrows for a half marathon trail race and nearly everyone went the wrong way.

There was the time when a locomotive pulling 100 rail cars slowly crossed a 10K course at the four-mile mark, forcing a majority of the runners to stop for ten minutes.

There was the time when the person with the key to 100 porta-potties at the starting line slept in and failed to show up. Imagine the mess 10,000 runners can make of a downtown park just before […]

1412, 2020

The Olympic Trials

December 14th, 2020|

“Matt Runs To Catch a Dream.” This was the headline in The World, our local newspaper. The black and white photograph featured my mother with bobbed hair, looking down at a stopwatch as I ran past her on the dirt track behind Sunset Junior High in Coos Bay, Oregon. I was eight-years-old.

Like many children, my dream was to one day run in the Olympics. The legacy of our hometown hero, Steve Prefontaine, made this seem attainable. He had finished fourth in the 1972 Olympic 5000m. While other boys pursued the glory of baseball and football, I spent my time running […]

812, 2020

Self-Arrest

December 8th, 2020|

“If you cannot find the trail, you’ve gone the wrong way,” I told my son as we ascended the Alpental Valley towards Snow Lake.
It was Father’s Day and Levi had just turned 14. To celebrate, I decided to take him on a hike that would be challenging, yet not too difficult. I did not know that I would end up putting him one false step from his death.

Living in Seattle gave us quick access to the North Cascades. For our afternoon adventure, I chose a high lake that would remain frozen until July. It is appropriately called “Snow Lake” and […]

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