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Run, Tommy, Run!


November 3, 2022

Photo courtesy of Kristi Blum

Tom Nelson running at the State Meet without touching the ground.

We remember those Old Westerns. Out on the lonesome prairie, the cowboys sipping coffee while the herd quietly mills around munching food, drinking creek water, until something catches their attention. A cougar yell, ominous storm clouds or the rattle of a snake; something sets them on edge. They stand as if frozen, heads up, eyes wide open, nervous and poised to run. Someone drops a pan or accidentally discharges a gun, any sudden noise and the stampede is on. The earth reverberates with pounding hooves, cowboys yell, they run for their horses, the panicked herd disappears out of sigh...

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