It is not going to happen for another thousand years. The date is 10.10.10. Besides the symmetry of the number, which is beautiful in and of itself, is the ultra nerdy stuff people like myself love. you see, 101010 is not only redundant it is also binary for the number 42. If it were 26 maybe you, my American readers would be more intrigued. But for those who see distances in kilometers, 42 means a great deal. Like the number of kilometers in a marathon. So there is no way I am going to miss running a marathon on 10.10.10.
Where am I heading? Well, I have decided to take part in the Inaugural Prairie Fire Wichita Marathon!
This will mark, not only the first time I have run a marathon in Kansas, bu the first time I have even set foot inside the Sunflower State. Eight years ago, on a cross-country drive from PA to Los Angeles on Interstate 44, I drove within .17 of a mile of the Kansas border. I almost thought of exiting on the Missouri side, driving a mile into Kansas and turning around again. But the moment was lost. Now, nearly a decade later, I get to take part, not only as a runner, but also the featured speaker at the Pasta Dinner to welcome people to this inaugural race.
Crossing the Arkansas River no less than 6 times, (I always love crossing rivers) the course meanders through downtown Wichita and through or around several parks as well. I am excited to have been asked to be part of this event and hope that I will see all of you there as well!