Saw this story from Mark Bandy (Annapolis). Mark was the race director this past weekend at the Chesapeake Standup Challenge and this is a little story he posted today. It is a good reminder to all of us who can get so wrapped up in training, winning, times etc. None of that is that important in the long run, remember the reason you started paddling in the first place and enjoy every minute of it… Great story Mark and thanks for sharing!!!
“Chesapeake Stand Up Challenge
NEW WINNER ANNOUNCED!
Well not actually. Christopher Goose Norman still stands on top of the podium with a time of 1:07:47, but the real winner posted a time of 1:51:55. Allan Navo was the last person to complete the Long Course. I don’t how many of you have ever finished a race at the back (I have), but it is tough back there. Sometimes you want to quit, but you just have to keep digging. You just have to gett’er done. Just before the race started Mark Colino from Starboard gave me a paddle to give away as a prize. Nothing personal, but I figured a new paddle was the last thing a podium finisher needed. I hoped I would not embarrass who ever it might be, but I decided to award the paddle to the last place finisher for their determination in finishing what I knew was a tough course. That person was Allan. I don’t think I had ever met Allan before the race. He stopped by the shop yesterday to have us size and cut the paddle for him. Allan told us that he was just getting back into paddling after a long bout with cancer, and that he had just finished his last treatment of chemo back in April. Goose may have finished 1st, but Allan won the Challenge. Paddle on Allan, paddle on everyone!”