Running Away

October 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm (Horror, Sports)

I meant to do this last year, and forgot. And now, with that most exciting of holidays around the corner, I’m reminded of it, and (of course) can no longer find it online. Apparently, National Geographic Adventure only keeps the last 6-ish issues in its public online archive. Sigh.

In any case, last December, Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm) wrote a piece in NGA called Running Away. At least, I THINK that’s the piece, since I can’t find it any more to check. In said piece, he discussed the human desire to run away to solitude, and I promise you, it is an exceptionally powerful piece. I highly recommend it.

But, for us horror buffs, he also mentioned, towards the end, a Native American werewolf myth associated with distance runners. See, the Native Americans had a long tradition of long-distance running, because that was the only way to get around in most of the US before Europeans brought domesticated horses with them. And there was something in this article about the toughest of the long-distance runners being perceived as almost of a threat to their community, because they turned too far towards solitude and nature. Effectively, they became a werewolf. Or something like that. I’m sure I’m getting it completely wrong. In any case, if you can find a copy, it is worth a read. And, if you DO find a copy, send a copy of THAT to me!

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