Victory is mine in controversial race finish

In mid-June, I attended a wedding on the shore of Priest Lake in North Idaho. The dearly betrothed, Jill Heuer Gilson and Eric Cameron, are active in the same running clubs as myself, which is how they got to know one another.jill and eric

The wedding was attended by a contingent of fellow running club members, and many assisted in preparations. I was asked to set up chairs on the beach for the outdoor ceremony, but I wanted to hike a lakeside trail first.

I spent a lot time chasing squirrels and putting wildflowers in my hair.jim flower2

When I returned, I still had ten minutes before the wedding started to set up the chairs, but someone else had done it.

I was very angry and vented by throwing large rocks into the water during the ceremony.

It was a beautiful setting. Too bad rocks tossed into the water disrupted the ceremony.

It was a beautiful setting. Now I feel a little bad about disrupting the ceremony.

A wedding morning 4-mile race was scheduled, but shortly after I RSVP’ed, I suffered a stress fracture that has not fully healed, and I was unable to run.

 Nick Freese and Eric Cameron, the top two finishers, with Jill.

Nick Freese and Eric Cameron, the top two male finishers of the 4-mile race, pose with Jill.

Amazingly, the night before the race, I had an athletivision. This is a term for a dream in which you win a competition that you were prevented from entering.  Neuroscientists believe events depicted in an athletivision are highly accurate.

Yet when I informed Nick, the winner, and Eric, the 2nd place finisher, that they were being bumped down a place, and I was the true winner because of my athletivision, they did not take my legitimate claim seriously.

Nick Freese: Whatever, Jim

Nick Freese: “Whatever, Jim”

Eric Cameron: "Jim, I had to set up the chairs for my own wedding."

Eric Cameron: “Jim, I had to set up the chairs for my own wedding.”

Despite my rightful claim, I was not awarded first place. I rectified this grave injustice after returning home. As I’ve done before following an outstanding performance, I arranged a ceremony and awarded myself a first place race winnerIt was a touching moment that I’ll never forget.

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