Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Best Things In Life Are Free… or are they?
The best things in life are free; that’s what they say. As a Hoka Hey Challenger we know the emotions and accomplishments that come from finishing a Hoka Hey Challenge cannot be put into words. We know the Challenge will tax us, fight us and endeavor to break us, but it will also provide to us an indescribable set of feelings and a new way of thinking. To a Hoka Hey Challenger the accomplishment of crossing the finish line comes with a price. Yes, we pay money to ride, but it is not the money I am talking about. The best things in life are free, but it will cost you. We pay the price of time, commitment, determination, pain and discomfort. The reward is pride, accomplishment and knowing that by our involvement we are working toward the betterment of our fellow citizens. When we cross the finish line we know we have accomplished something that very few every try because they are not sure they can do it.
In previous years of the Hoka Hey there were prizes ranging from $500,000 to $10,000 given to riders who crossed the finish line within a very narrow window of opportunity. Prize money has always been a discussion point with many of the riders. Last year just prior to the start of the 2013 Challenge it was put to a vote and virtually every rider voted to set aside money as a prize for crossing the finish line. We do not do it for money; we do it for bragging rights.
That is not to say there is nothing in it for you. There is much to be gained by riding the Hoka Hey Challenge and when I find someone articulate enough to put it into words I will let you know.