Sunday, June 11, 2006

Jump Rope King Robbed of Crown

Greetings from Morgantown, West Virginia! Yes, this New York city boy has found his way south of the Mason-Dixon line but I've not forgotten my running shoes. More on that later.

I'm in Morgantown, WV for my wife's family reunion - a splendid affair complete with deviled eggs, potato salad, hot dogs and cheap beer followed by fierce competition in activities such as hula-hooping, free throw shooting, water ballon tossing and the ever popular and hotly contested jump rope competion. The latter of which I was robbed of a championship title by my sister-in-law. I think I shall appeal to the judges on the grounds that my one-legged 180 turn should have earned "double style points" and that I should have earned additional points for even attempting the airborne toe touch. Surely that move has a higher level of difficulty worthy of bonus points! Regardless, I am lobbying the appropriate family members to add an 800 meter foot race for next year. I shall crush the competition!

Morgantown is also home to West Virginia University, a school I did not attend and know really very little about. I do however happen to be lodging right next to the WVU Track and have been taking advantage of that fact. The track is VERY hard, basically a 400 meter concrete oval painted blue. Since the Womens Track Team has produced 2 Olympians, 3 NCAA National Champions and 18 All Americans I suppose blue is a good color for a track...

Alas, I must sign off and attend another family gathering! I'll see you back in New York.

Go Mountaineers!

7 comments:

katesun said...

Josh

Thanks for the picture of WVU . ran many a college track meet there.

Just12Finish said...

Yikes! That blue track looks like it could be the swimming lanes!

Thanks for the invite to run with you. Unfortunately, my weekly trips to NYC reached a sudden end last week when my project got put on hold ... indefinitely! Besides, I'm pretty sure you're a much faster and longer-distance runner than I am.

Good luck getting the 800m event added, although it wouldn't be a fair fight, judging from the athletic standard of the current slate of events!

Anonymous said...

GOOD JOB, JOSH...

NICE SEEING YOU AND SALENA AT THE FAMILY REUNION.

UNCLE JIM

Yvonne said...

whoa - I'd be interested to learn about any psychological effects of running on a track that colour!

Anonymous said...

Am sure that the blue color is used to be 'easy on the eyes', non sun glare, and just plain relaxing for the runner --West Virginians think like that, you know. Always wanting to express that southern hospitality in every way possible.

Morrissey said...

what? a blue track?!?!?!??! it is hurting my eyes! AHHHHHHHHHHHH

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