To answer the title question of this post, I want you to imagine a scenario. Don’t close your eyes though, you’re reading.
Imagine you’re sitting down to take a test.
A test that you studied hard for because you were a little nervous about it.
Okay, maybe a lot nervous about it. But, you studied all week with your tutor and you feel prepared. You were answering all the example questions your tutor was throwing at you. You had the method down pat. You were on point and ready to rock this test.
So, you fill out your name and look at the first question.
That is the sound of your brain emptying all of its contents into the open air.
You forgot… everything. All the example problems? Gone. That sure fire method? Gone. Your tutor’s name? Gone. Your middle name? You forgot that too. Gone.
That… is a terrible feeling. And we’ve all been there. I don’t care how smart you are. At some point in your life, you’ve sat down to take a test and the answers have disappeared from whatever lobe your brain stores test answers.
But, what if your tutor could have been there when you looked at that first question and panicked. Your tutor would have reminded you that the first question looks a lot like problem 52 that you did last night, remember? And that method you suddenly forgot? You do know it. It starts by drawing the line over the first thing and then crossing out the second thing…
Unfortunately, a tutor isn’t allowed to do that. That’s just not how school works. And hopefully, you have learned to overcome that initial wave of fear on test day.
But at a cross country meet, if you panic at the beginning of the race, forget to race the downhill, or start crossing your arms over your midline, you might cost yourself precious seconds that keep you from hitting your goal that day, selling you and your team short.
Our mission at Wide Open is to empower runners of all abilities to pursue competitive athletic excellence and lifelong enjoyment of the sport. And one of the ways we do that is by having a camp where we work on form, teach racing tactics, and fire you up to run in the fall.
But camp is just one week out of your summer. A sad but true fact.
However, our mission doesn’t have a timeline. Our mission isn’t confined to that week and neither are we.
While your tutors can’t show up to your classroom on test day, Wide Open staff and counselors can and do show up to your meets. And we show up because you’re part of the Wide Open Community and that means something to us. You are more than a registration number to us.
We want to be at your meets to so we can remind you to
- USE YOUR ARMS MORE
- KEEP YOUR EYES UP
- RACE THE DOWNHILL
And all the other things we go over at camp. We show up to meets because while camp is a one week thing, being a fan of you is not.
Wide Open staff are planning at being at the following meets this year. Find us all decked out in neon yellow and yelling for you. See you on the trails and don’t forget to #RunWideOpen.
- Adidas XC Challenge – Taylor
- Gwinnett County Championships – Jeremy
- Holly Springs; Saucony – We’ve Got Class Invitational – Taylor
- Wendy’s Invitational – Taylor
- Jesse Owens Classic – Jeremy and Anna
- Alabama Huntsville Invite – Coach Stan
- Royals Invite – Taylor
- FSU Invitational – Jeremy
- Crimson Classic – Coach Stan
- Chapel Hill Conference Meet – Taylor
- Gulf South Conference Meet – Coach Stan and Anna
- ACC Championships – Taylor
- Conference USA Championship – Taylor
- Georgia High School State Meet – Jeremy
- North Carolina High School State Meet – Taylor
- Alabama High School State Meet – Coach Stan, Taylor, Justin, and Anna
- Foot Locker South Regional – Jeremy