Courtney Bassett wrote -
The story goes that my alma mater, Colgate University, was founded by 13 men with 13 dollars and 13 prayers. Beginning with its founding, the number 13 pervades Colgate culture as a number of significance. And as with all Colgate traditions, that significance has been adopted within the Bassett household. It's fitting that the school's cherished number remain an important theme in my adult life...
October 13, 2003 was my final day of chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, after which point the doctor was comfortable saying the cancer was in remission. In May 2013, I ran my first half marathon - 13.1 miles - in celebration of 10 years in remission and my 30th birthday. This was no small feat for me (never having enjoyed or "been good at" running), but the training and the race itself were truly empowering and rewarding challenges. So much that I've put myself up to the challenge again every year since - over the hills of central California wine country, through the Canyonlands of Utah, and from Prospect Park to Coney Island in my beloved BK - grateful for every breath, step and view along the way. (OK, I'll admit, maybe gratitude wasn't the first thing on my mind the exact moment of the Brooklyn Half we merged onto the deceptively-named Ocean Parkway for 5 miles of straightaway...but that feeling having done it...)
Speaking of gratitude, I'm happy to share that this month marks 13 years in remission from Hodgkins lymphoma. So, to celebrate, on Saturday 11/12, I'll be running 13.1 miles in the NYCRUNS Falling Leaves Half in support of the Discover Outdoors Foundation, a spirited, impassioned and effective organization that empowers NYC's under-served urban youth through life-changing outdoor experiences.
I would be so honored if you would join me in commemorating this special little milestone - whether a contribution to DOF, running the race (any takers?!), high-fiving at the finish line, or simply pausing at some point today to do something that makes you feel great and to take in that moment.