November 23 - Thankful (#PhotoBlog365)

by Björn Roose November. 23, 2019 270 views

One wouldn't say nowadays, but I used to be quite sporty. I was one of the best racewalkers on the ultra long distance in belgium back in the 1990's. On the photo there's proof of that: I received this trophy for being the fastest on a 200 kilometres (that's 124,5 miles) race.

Cost me 24 hours and 18 minutes (some numbers one never forgets) and bought me nothing but the honour of receiving this trophy (racewalkers actually pay to participate in races).

But that's not the reason why I post this photo today. The reason is what is missing on the pedestal: the name of the guy who sponsored that trophy. That was José Happart. You probably never heard of the man, but he managed to be an absolute pain in the ass for Flanders for many years and he still was when I received that trophy in 1997.

So the man who organised the race tore off Happart's name from the trophy, saying he had never expected a Flemish guy to win the race. Not very thankful towards the sponsor, but it made me laugh out loud :-)

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Impressive my friend! Ive worked (medical booth) the Boston, NY and SF marathons but never running them. Taped, bandaged, injected, and accommodated injuries- so Im even more impressed with your accomplishment of the past!

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Björn Roose Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I've always avoided taking of my shoes for any reason when walking (I was smart enough to avoid blisters as much as possible too smile), I'm sure that's one of the reasons I managed. Walking very fast is one thing, biting through the pain (it does hurt) and the tiredness is the other ... smile

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Wow - 200 km???? Congrats for such endurance my friend

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Well, it's a long time ago ... I couldn't imagine torturing myself to that extent nowadays smile

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Benny Law 1 month, 3 weeks ago

You covered 200 km in 24 hours? Did you stop to eat, nap, etc.?

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Björn Roose Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 3 weeks ago

No stopping, no sleeping, eating (small snacks) and drinking while you walk ...

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Lee Santiva 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I'm impressed with your accomplishment! and that is very funny about the trophy...smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Everybody is entitled to 15 minutes of fame, as Andy Warhol once wrote smile

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