Saturday, March 20, 2010

WS

It's time to come clean: I've been hiding something from you. It's a dirty little secret that, well, I frankly can't hold in any longer.

We've known each other for quite awhile, haven't we? We've seen the ups, the downs, the gray in between. So withholding this from you has been difficult, and now, I deem it unnecessary to keep you uninformed...

This summer, I am recording and editing a piece to submit to the public radio show This American Life.

I've been prepping this since November of last year, slowly but surely putting the jigsaw puzzle pieces into place, and the first week of April, I'm beginning principal recording.

The piece will be on the Western States 100, the granddaddy of 100 mile racing. I'll be following the journey of two runners: Hal Koerner, 1st place finisher, going for his third win, and my dear friend Dr. Kate Merrill, running her first Western States, going for her third 100 mile finish.

I'll record with Hal at his home in Ashland, OR next month, hit the Oregon coast in Astoria to record with Kate later that month, then, in June, with press passes in hand, Gary and I will traverse the entirety of the race course, first following Hal from aid station to aid station to his (hopeful) win, then doubling back to follow Kate's journey.

There. I feel better now that I've admitted my secret. Whew. Don't you feel better? There, there. Don't cry...wait! Where are you going?!? Is it something I said???

6 comments:

Ann-Kathrin said...

Holy shit.

Gretchen said...

You are the freeking coolest person ever!

That is going to be so fun. Can't wait to hear about the experience.

Dumbfunk said...

This is amazing - I love that show! I'm consumed with admiration and envy in equal measures.

fatozzig said...

I'm so excited for you, and am looking forward to see you at WS. I listen to TAL on all my long, booooring road runs. It's one of the few Podcasts that keep me sane.

Stephanie said...

Amazing! I cannot wait to hear it. Good luck, Rusty.

mallemaroking said...

Great idea and very exciting! Oo! I can't wait to hear it.