I’ll be posting a Pre-Monkey Race Week Post, but I thought I would share this communication from the Main Monkey Race Director, just so you can get a feel for what kind of race we are going to have this weekend:
Friends, runners and monkeymen, lend me your ears.
I come to bury your hopes, not to praise them.
The evil that monkeys do flies around them;
While the good is oft interred with their victims’ bones;
So it may be with you. Your humble race director
Hath told you that monkeys were ambitious:
If it were so, it was their grievous hunger,
And grievously may you fulfill it.
(Here, under leave of runners and the rest ???
For running may be an honorable escape;
So are they all, a most honorable escape )???
Come I to speak in advance of your funeral.
You were a runner, faithful and just to the race:
But monkeys, I say, were ambitious;
And while you may be an honorable runner.
And will bring many others with you to the park,
Whose bellies the ravenous monkeys will fill:
Did this in monkeys seem ambitious?
When that the slow had cried, monkeys hath wept.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet we say they are ambitious;
And we are all honorable men.
You all did see that on the Shell Hill
I thrice presented them a kingly sacrifice,
Which they did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet runners say they are ambitious;
And, sure, runners are honorable men.
I speak not to disprove what runners speak,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did fear monkeys once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then to run from them?
O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason! Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with you runners,
And I must pause till you come back to me.
Oh yes. And again, packet pickup will be at the Gordon JCC on November 22, 2008 between 2pm and 4pm. The JCC is located at 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville, TN 37148. This is less than 2 miles from the race start/finish area. Here is a map to the GJCC: http://tinyurl.com/MonkeyPacketPickup . Packet pickup will also be available race morning adjacent to the starting line.
Travel safely. Finish your wills. Holler with comments or questions. Bring some chow. See you soon. In fact, see you in under 100 hrs…