Look out for some impressive ultra runners to come out of the Odessa area in the next 10-20 years time!
Sara and I had the pleasure of attending Odessa Public School (Brennan and Heather's school, and home of the Odessa Tigers) last week and doing a talk about ultra running, some of the races we've done, life goals, active living, the gear we use and a little bit about our jobs.
We were originally asked by Heather's grade 6 teacher to come in and talk to her class, but ended up being a little surprised when we were told that the presentation would occur in the gym. No problem, as we had brought a lot of gear with us and it would be easier to demonstrate and display it there. However, we were a little more surprised when class after class kept rolling into the gym until it was filled with probably 200 kids! They had decided to bring all of the classes from grade 4 - 8 in for the talk.
With the number of people in the gym, we had to speak very loudly to be heard, but our talk went well. When you are doing a talk to kids, you sometimes wonder whether they are paying attention to you or not, but we were very impressed with how well behaved and interested the kids seemed to be.
Our talk lasted about 30-4o minutes before we opened up the floor for questions. We were amazed how many really good questions that everyone came up with and the thought that had been put into them. We spent at least another 30 minutes answering questions about our training, racing, equipment and other things that the kids were interested in. The enthusiasm that the students and staff had was overwhelming and we left feeling as though it was a very positive thing for kids to hear.