In Africa Every Morning A Gazelle Awakens
Knowing That It Must Outrun
The Fastest Lion If It Wants To Stay Alive.
Every Morning A Lion Wakes Up Knowing That It Must Run Faster Than
The Slowest Gazelle Or It Will Starve To Death.
It Makes No Difference Whether You Are A Lion Or A Gazelle:
When The Sun Comes Up You Had Better Be Running.
This is a quote that my high school cross country coaches used to justify our 5:45am summer practices! Maybe I remember those crack of dawn workouts so clearly and fondly because they embodied what Fort Collins High cross-country was about: a commitment. A commitment to the team, and also to myself. To something that was at times hard and strenuous, yet at the same time exciting and fun. We got this attitude from our coaches, Craig Luckasen and Chris Suppes. They made a commitment to us. They generously gave up hours upon hours meeting us for not only these early mornings throughout the summer, but also for practices, individual and team meetings as well as numerous weekends traveling all over the state for competition. They went above and beyond what was required of them, setting up a several day camp complete with s’mores and team building activities in North Park, Colorado. It’s this type of commitment that the coaches have to the athletes, and the athletes’ have to one another that continues to result in top rankings. This synergistic dedication makes me proud of my alma mater.
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