Ambition, Angst, and the Antelope Island 50K

On November 11, 2011, in Friends, Racing, Running, by Meghan

Let me ask, what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks were you doing when you were 14 years old? It was 1992 for me, and I was mostly focused on creating sick volume in my permed bangs and rolling the legs of my jeans just so. Unlike Nick Halliday, I was not running 50k races.

Nick Halliday climbing a hill at the snowy Antelope Island 50k (Lori Burlison photo credit).

Nick's mom, Wendy Halliday, became an ultrarunner at the Antelope Island 50k, too (Lori Burlison photo credit).

Wendy and I climb uphill at the Antelope Island 50k (Lori Burlison photo credit).

Last weekend, I had the honor of accompanying Nick as he became an ultrarunner at the Antelope Island 50k. I’ve now been in the ultrarunning business for five years, not long as compared to some of the sport’s old timers, but long enough to see most everything that comes down the pipe during the course of an ultramarathon. In Nick, I saw close-to-equal parts ambition and angst. Running 31 miles when you’re 14 years old is really uncomfortable, it seems, but Nick’s pain-based angst was overruled by ambition and he slid over the finish line with wide smile on his face.

Nick, Wendy, and I finish the Antelope Island 50k (Rick Halliday photo credit).

This weekend’s race is, to me, what ultrarunning–and life, really–is all about: watching folks set and achieve goals. This is the stuff that makes life so good. Congrats, Nick Halliday (And, Wendy, too!)! I’m wicked proud of you.

From left to right, me, Nick, Amy Newman, Gemma Arro Ribot, and Wendy smile after the finish (Rick Halliday photo credit).

8 Responses to “Ambition, Angst, and the Antelope Island 50K”

  1. nick says:

    Thank you so much Meghan! I really appreciated your help throughout the race! You are an amazing ultra runner and friend! Good job!

  2. Ewa says:

    This comment is for Nick. GOOD JOB! You are quite an inspiration. Thank you.

  3. Ewa says:

    And this comment goes for Meghan.
    Quite different conditions than the ones you’ll encounter in a few months, right? 🙂
    Hope your training is going well.

  4. Nick's Aunt says:

    I am so proud of my Nephew. It just shows that having such wonderful parent’s who contribute to their children’s dreams rather then PUSH their children – those kids can enjoy what they set out to do and have FUN at it…

  5. Danni says:

    Fabulous job Nick! When I was 14 I would run 5 miles and think I’d run the farthest distance known to mankind…

  6. Jennie McCarthy says:

    Congratulations Nick! I volunteered at Jupiter Peak Steeplechase and MMM and was blown away by seeing you run those races. A 50k is out of this world amazing!

  7. Congrats everyone! When I was 14, I was sitting on the couch eating Cheetos. 🙂 Funny how we all follow different paths to eventually come to similar places.

  8. Meghan says:

    Thanks, y’all, for the support and commentary. Props on this one really go out to teenage Nick, however. He really got it done out there!

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