CONGRATULATIONS to these Battles that wholeheartedly accepted the challenge one Saturday morning this bast Spring, “Would you be interested in being part of an Ultra Reach the Beach team”. With little hesitation the response was “Sure”, and they all “Stepped in the Arena”. Each of them put in the training time over the summer running many, many miles. The team arrived at Bretton Woods Ski Area Saturday morning for their 9:30am start, 200ish miles and 31 hours later they arrived at Hampton Beach State park!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt