It was a hot evening but on a beautiful course. I have to mention that Jack is way under trained for this but the idea was to expose him to the flavor of XC.
A couple shots of the support team as Jack warmed up.
Luke takes hydration seriously.
He drank ALL the water.
Drinking in the beauty of cross country is a special experience. The venue is always a rolling diorama of nature. A play of nature that you move through under your own volition and will. The below image may not appear special to you (maybe it does), but its one of a thousand I remember well. As you warm up on the course and overlook the start both anxiety and excitement well-up about pushing yourself through the course the best you can.
The start of the race was downhill; always a tricky feature on a course. If you can find Jack in that group you could find Waldo anywhere.
Into the breach!
Mid-race: Jack runs down a hill to us.
Luke joins in for a moment.
Past the halfway point and into an uphill section.
Luke was not happy that he had declined the 400m or 1-mile race. Fast forward to the next week, he gets his chance! He ran a lot, cutting across the course to cheer on his brother.
You can see Jack finishing below.
He was so tired but encouraged. He could not stop talking bout the race.