To the Men and Women of Pirate Cross;

For the past 21 weeks we’ve run the gamut of human success and failure.  Throughout the summer it appeared the Pirates would be waddling through this season in agonizing failure.  Instead we went to work.  You asked from yourself incredible feats of physical and mental strength in order to rescue yourself from the dark and lonely woods of invisible mediocrity to the bright fields of victory and fulfillment.

As our classmates slept in, hit the fried food line, hid behind video games, sequestered by their own fears, they remained unchanged. You kids chose a different path- you asked yourselves to find the edge, the periphery, the frontier of your potential.  You weren’t easy on yourselves, you didn’t make excuses, you didn’t condemn, and your bravery was returned to you tenfold.

From 17.5 mile runs to 45 x 300m and just about everything in between your will was tested and you remained with us; tired yet unbroken. Along with your burgeoning fitness your spirit followed and by October we were able to shed our despondent past and sprint towards a new passionate and promising destiny who’s light was invisible only weeks earlier. You did it, we did it.

Our senior leadership carried us forth as every cell in our bodies objected.  They were the ones who knew the truth of Pirates Past would create Pirates Present, that effort created possibility, that passion moves mountains, that commitment breeds resolve.

Our accomplishments followed, unbeaten though tested, we swept through our area week after week and made believers first out of ourselves, and then out of our competitors.  Successes followed successes, challenges came and went, and we the Pirates trudged forward bravely.  I now ask you to continue. You’re tired, you’re relieved, you’re burying your face in a turkey.  But take time to look forward.  In a season of firsts it must be acknowledged that there is still much more work to be done- distances to be traveled, undertakings to take.

There will again be triumph, there will again be disappointment, but if we commit to taking this experiment further, we will all come out of this knowing more about ourselves than we ever would have imagined.  We must move forward by making improvements, by staying ahead of the field.  This means greater commitment to summer efforts, team, diet, competiveness, consistency, and honesty.  There is no greater training plan than this.  No program can circumvent poor character, noble efforts and lives continue to open the world’s doors.  I ask you kids to earn the following; trust, discipline, pride, fitness, kinship, and in the end- a sense of glory and unique fulfillment that will push us through life and guide your destiny.  On Monday most of us will get back to work.  Let us never forget why we do what we do- and where it will take us. There is nothing but time ahead of us- let’s make it OUR TIME.

I love you all appropriately,