1:48 800 runner Matt Wisner, formerly of Duke, now of Oregon, completed his first xc camp for the UO earlier this year and wrote an interesting column about it on RunBlogRun.
I think I"m going to use this quote as QOD for tmw.
Matt Wisner wrote:
The Met Gala reminded me of what attracted me to cross country when I was only 13. It's always been a bunch of weirdos being weird together. Trying to run as fast as you can is deranged behavior. I think it'll always be deranged behavior. When I first joined the cross country team, some people were fast, and some of them were slow. But everybody ran the same distance and tried to make it hurt and bonded because of it. It was a haven for the weirdos. The boys wore short shorts and shaved their legs and weren't ridiculed for it. There were no cuts. My school's team had a weird Dungeons and Dragons kid and an anime-obsessed boy and a horse girl. Cross country has always attracted the weird kids, and the Met Gala made me remember that