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Trip of a lifetime

Dear Editor:

First, let me say that I am not a runner. I do one sport all year, and that only has us running around three bases and then it’s done.

So when I first learned that I was on Endurance Running for Experiential Education, it would be safe to say that I was more than a little nervous. I found myself thinking, “What am I doing? Why was that even on my list? I must be some sort of glutton for pain; all we are going to be doing is running!”



I was very wrong. On this trip we went hiking and mini-golfing, and we saw a zoo. (I love zoos!) Of course, we did go running; it’s hard to avoid that fact. But it was fun! This trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. Not only of the trip, but of myself. After all, a non-runner completed a half-marathon, (running) every mile of it.

This trip helped me to see a new side of myself. A side that is determined, willful and strong. This trip showed me that I can do whatever I want to do.




I am so happy I was on this trip. It was an experience I would do again in a heartbeat. Reaching that finish line was a defining moment for me. And I really like the new definition of Kerry Braisted. So, thank you. Thank you for helping me to reach that moment. This trip changed me in such a positive way, and it would’ve been extremely difficult for me to justify (the expense of) going on Ex Ed this year. So from the bottom of my happy heart, thank you!

Kerry Braisted

Aspen

(The writer ran the Salt Lake City Half-Marathon on April 18 as part of her Experiential Education week. She is a junior at Aspen High School and the recipient of a partial scholarship to help fund the cost of Ex Ed.)