I went to a cross country meet yesterday. No winds, no smoke and much cooler than last weekend. A perfect day for running. The meet included high-school finalists from all over Southern California. Cross country…three miles, numerous switch-backs, up and down the dusty hills. A test of mental and physical endurance, training, and natural ability.
The kids run in teams of 7 select athletes, and most teams have mottos for the season. They print the mottos on the backs of their t-shirts and wear them around, like bumper stickers on cars.
My favorite motto was: My Team’s Goal Is To Beat Your Team’s Goal
My son’s team had two mottos: Want Is Not Enough and Together Everybody Achieves More
Here’s a photo of one: Suck It Up. Tough It Out. And Do Your Best
I didn’t see any mottos urging the redistribution of winning points to the losing teams. And nobody was wasting any sentiment feeling sorry for runner’s who had trained poorly, or those with shorter legs or heavy builds. Of course, fair play and good sportsmanship were required, and for the most part each kid tried their very best to win, for themselves and for their team.
Future capitalists of America. Cross-country runners.