To succeed unexpectedly and against the odds.
Derives from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when Steven Bradbury won gold in the 1000m speed skating event by skating at the back of the pack and racing past when all the other competitors crashed on the last corner.
We can confirm, with great excitement, that this year's Pasta Night Guest Speaker is none other than Aussie sporting legend Steven Bradbury! His talk will cover his years of determination and hard work leading up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the broken neck and major leg injury (111 stitches) that sidelined him during training, and will include audience participation and the opportunity to hold his gold medal.
"His career as an Olympic athlete was driven by determination and most importantly a will to succeed. With the same passion he showed on the ice, Steven has continued his success as a Motivational speaker, MC/Facilitator and After Dinner Speaker at over 650 conferences and events in 12 countries.
"His warm friendly nature, down to earth manner and use of humour is sure to help ‘break the ice’. The Bradbury story is one of the true Aussie battler who overcomes much adversity to achieve the ultimate goal".
Bookings for the Pasta Night, as well as registration for all Running Festival events, will open during March.
And you never know - someone might do a Bradbury during the Pub2Pub or Flinders5.
Goodness me, is it really 5 months since the 2013 Running Festival? Tempus fugit, indeed.
The organisers have been working away over summer to get 2014's RunFest details nailed down. We're looking into new timing systems to streamline everything for participants and volunteers, and we have a very exciting guest speaker in mind for the Pasta Night. I'm actually finding it very difficult to not let the cat out of the bag, but had better wait for final confirmation before doing so. It's killing me, I'm telling you.
In other news, now that the season of snorkelling, BBQs, and general school holiday beachiness is over, I'm back into the running. This morning I ran on the Castle Rock track (one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks). I've never been on this track before, and admittedly lost it a few times (must have been running too fast), but it was spectacular there today. It's a combination of beach, rock scramble and grassy headland, and I just had to have a quick dip at Emita Beach on the way back.
The only potential downside of this morning's run was the tiger snake sunning itself on the track, but I was already past it before I noticed the dark scaly silkiness. Normally this event wouldn't bother me, but I was listening to Zombies, Run! at the time, which can be a bit of an adrenaline kicker... as a foot on top of a snake would have been. Ah well, I was in his territory so it's only to be expected :-) And fortunately the zoms were a distance away as well.