Over the course of our rich long lives, 6 or 10 days is not very much time. Throughout our lifetimes we all will see and be part of so much more. Experiences will come to us, both what we planned and sought after, and others, that arrive before us, daunting, mysterious, joyous, and sometimes profound.
Each making its own unique impression. Each touching and changing us in ways we cannot measure. Yet no matter what blessing or what dark day comes upon us we eventually know that it is all for a larger purpose. To aid in our reach and in our steps to towards a distant goal that we never cease to strive for.
Even in lives cut short these few brief days are infinitesimal. Yet we mortals, when we can, try and live our life rich with promise and fulfillment. Gradually accepting adversity and failure as companions who will never leave us. Yet despite their challenge, know that in the end they give us more to strive for than any sweet victory can.
Tonight our champions sleep a rest well deserved. The cries, the pains, the lingering anguish that grips and pinches their bodies now will all too soon fade away. The cherished memories of each and all of these hard fought days will linger longer and then they too will dim. Trophies won, and medals worn will loose their gleam. Life will go on just as it does for all.
New challenges will march into the paths of each who came to this sacred ground to run for these 6 and 10 cool bright windy days in Queens. New opportunities to forge new strengths, reveal more clarity of purpose, and find more richness revealed within.
Of course for all the runners who gave so much of themselves upon the course, there are still so many races yet to be run, so much more to be revealed. All of it just part of the long sweet journey of self transcendence.
No matter what the outer accomplishment was for each, over these 6 and 10 fleeting days something within has indelibly laid its mark upon all who ran here. Upon all who helped and hoped for it to succeed, and for all who made the dream that happened here their own.