This past Saturday I had a small get-together at my home where we had a surprise for an amazing young lady, Lara Zoeller. Mrs. Zoeller, the 100 mile runner of the CAF 24 hour run this past May 25th – 26th, finally received her much deserved 100 mile club belt buckle. And, what made this get-together even sweeter was that her husband, Alec, who recently returned home after serving in Afghanistan was here to share in Lara’s accomplishment. They are such a fine young couple.
Going back to Memorial Weekend, a group of runners rallied behind Masumi Herota and his goal to run for 24 hours as a benefit for the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation (CAF). This event proved much bigger than one person as several dozen runners went to Daffin Park during the 24 hour period that Masumi did his run and ran their own races. Through-out the day and night these runners came out in force and ran some and offered support for their fellow runners. One runner, Karen Heitner, drove from as far away as Charleston and offered support at the aid station for several hours before returning home.
As the hours unfolded many runners accomplished amazing feats and personal records. One runner, though, stood among, -Mrs. Lara Zoeller. She Started us off at 8:00 am with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Twenty-three hours after Mrs. Zoeller started her run she crossed the 100 mile threshold. In the ultra running world, the holy grail of running is covering 100 miles in less than 24 hours and Lara covered that distance with one hour to spare!
The belt buckle was late in coming (almost two months after the event) but it did come and we did present it to a very deserving and amazing runner.
Lara, you make us proud!
Stay strong, stay awesome!