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"Race Week: A Lasting Impression"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

“Katniss Everdeen - District 12.”

 Jennifer Lawrence in “Hunger Games"
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Dear Julia –

As I helped prepare Elizabeth's and Lauren's items for their races this morning, I could not help to wonder how you would see these letters. You may even ask yourself, “Is Dad writing to me too? The answer is, “Of course, I am!”  Part of my rationale for making this my last 70.3 Mile Toughman race is that I need to be able to spend more time helping you and the your sisters during these early developmental years in your lives.  All 3 of you will need each other during the years ahead.  And, as a parent, I only get one shot at helping you.


Your development is going to be somewhat different than what Elizabeth and Lauren experienced. Yes, Mom will continue to develop you academically and role-model how to be a woman of intelligence and strength. However, I believe you will benefit not just from my insights, but your older sisters. The 4 of us, each with our different strengths, will be teaching you what we know to help you find your best.  All of these notes will act as a foundation.

It’s still very early for you. But, what’s clear to me at this point is that you have a unique combination of intelligence, beauty, physical strength, determination, and confidence. You have no fear of "playing" with the boys!  As far as your purpose and what you will do with these gifts, that will be entirely up to you as you get older. In the meantime, I will keep a close eye on you and try to help you safely explore your curiosity. Just know, that I do have a plan and am watching.

At some time in the future, there is no doubt in my mind that you will be ready to “hit the mark” and leave a lasting impression.

Love You Forever!
--Dad 

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