Ending the year in the most appropriate way.  Giving thanks to everyone that made the past year such a memorable and blessed one.  No particular order and please accept my apologies if I’ve forgotten you.

Glen van der Westhuizen.  Killer Coach now works with over a dozen of our mates.    Much of our success as a club can be laid directly at his weekly training schedules.  We all recognize and appreciate this Glen!

Nancy Sutton-Moss.  Has stood by Team Nebraska through thick and thin.  Nancy has always believed in our mission, our vision, our leadership.  And I’m her biggest fan.

Linda.  Amazing athlete, confidant, co-conspirator.  Excellent teacher, role model, and motivator.  Able to take your best shot.   Born to Really Live.

John Tully.  Selfless and tireless.  Became my right hand man both on and off the track.

Kelly Crawford.  Tiene juevos muchos grande!  Stepped in and stood out as the new President of Team Nebraska.  Committed to our athletes and our program.

Emily Langdon.   Team Nebraska’s own Undoer of Knots.

Tim Langdon.  Our Saint Blaise, able to tame the wildest animal (me).

Matt Pohren.  The future of Competitive Long Distance Running in Nebraska.

Megan Zavorka.  Point, counter-point.  New light for an old dog.

Tony Sorrentino.  Daddy!

Nancy Sempek.  Former USATF Nebraska President.  Thanks for 10+ years of support, wisdom, and clarity.

Omaha Running Club.  The Gold standard in the Metro when it comes to serving our running/walking community.

Ande Jorgenson.  A job!

Road Race Management Committee.  Bill Weeks, Danielle & Vince Galvin, Cindy Tully, Justin Mollak, Melissa Gwartney, Mike Reilly, Agustin Delgado, Dan Knobbe, Uriah & Kyla Shaver, Steve Stender, Javier & Sara Garcia, Bruce Newton, Mike Kunasek, Carole Swanson, Kelly Crawford, Jimmy Doherty, David Bohlken.

Our Sponsors.  Lincoln Marathon, Subway, Upstream Brewing Company, Cabela’s, Gretna Family Health, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, bland and associates, NRGE LLC.

Team Nebraska Athletes.  Yeah, we’re different and its my delight to remind everyone on a daily basis.

You Readers.  Those of you that are checking my musings to see how I define the Real World.

Hope you all have a safe and sound New Year’s tonight.  Don’t forget that our 3rd annual Hair of the Dog Run/Walk is tomorrow at 10:00 am at the Zorinsky Boat Ramps.  Fundraiser for the Food Bank of the Heartland, non perishable food item or $10 entry.  Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Sunrize Donuts for all!

Good job to our mates that ran the “Show Us Your Cans” 5K at Quarry Oaks Saturday.  The Mates took the top two Men (Jordan Tucker, Peter Falcon) and Women’s (Stacy Shaw, Linda) spots, earning free entries into Mud Sweat & Beers in May.  Happy Trails!

Matt Pohren, David Adams, Linda, moi, and Stacy Shaw enjoyed a run on the Scenic Sarpy/Douglas route yesterday afternoon.  The hills were tough but we were tougher!  Good to catch up with David, he’s looking fit and training well.  Me?  I’m looking fat and happy eh?
photo courtesy of Bill Weeks.