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Final Stage 7

10th March 2013 07:44 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Hello everyone. Thanks so much for sticking with me this entire week. You've been on my mind and in my heart the entire way... I pretty much cry each time I read your comments on the blog. This is my final posting, so I thought I'd share my immediate reaction and thoughts about the race as I sit in the Santiago airport lounge awaiting my flight home. If you have yet to read my "STAGE 5&6" blog, you may want to check it out before reading this. It highlights my 20 hour long march through the desert night, and is posted below. As for the final stage 7, I made it... At that point, If it took me all day, there was nothing that would stop me from completing the last 15k of the total 250k. It was mostly uneventful, until the final 500 yards, when a Japanese competitor came out of nowhere, tapped my shoulder and simply said "Go"... He either meant "Let's go and cross the finish line together my friend" or "Hey hobbling American boy, you want to go"... Of course the New Yorker in me interpreted the ladder, and so we were off... After all, this was really my only chance to compete the entire race... But no way he beats me. So I busted into this strange looking limp-sprint (yes there is such a thing) and dusted the dude... I was told afterwards by the medical staff that it was a real sight, and they cringed watching it, but nonetheless, to the sound of the cheering crowd, I received my medal and chugged the greatest Coca Cola in the history of the world, as we celebrated in the streets until the last competitor crossed. On so many levels, this race lived up to my every expectation and beyond... "Life changing" is an understatement. While I can best explain in person, here are some thoughts for the blog. In the months leading up to the race, I sent several emails outlining the race itself, the cause, and the charitable reasons behind me signing up. Right or wrong, I chose the toughest footrace in the world mainly because I felt it would justify, in a way, my requests for donations for the Children's Homes in Costa Rica. I must admit however, that while I have been moving towards greater overall balance and moderation in my life, this race was undoubtedly as extreme as it gets. The one condition I absolutely swore to myself, was not to sacrifice family and work as a result of training for this race. I had to prove I could do it without causing any carnage and collateral damage in my personal and professional life as a result of training hours... I succeeded, but the trade-off turned out to be me grossly underestimating the massive physical demands of the race. With all my research and outstanding programming by my coach Sam Nix, there was no way to properly train each day living at sea level, and in the paved streets of Dallas Texas. Considering the Atacama desert's constant repeating accents and descents, varying slopes, crazy terrain angles... and uncertain footing, from soft sand dunes one minute, to coral-like crusty ground the next minute... mix in water, extreme heat and 10,000 ft elevation, along with 20lbs slicing into my shoulder blades, and you can see why after Stage 1 my body was in a state of shock. When you planted your next foot, you never knew whether it would strike solid ground or sink through a deceptively crusty surface, assuring a nasty fall or a broken ankle. Despite its difficulty, the terrain was truly visibly spectacular. For my 190lb frame, I spent most of the race introducing my body to completely new movements and landings underfoot. Using Crossfit as the foundation of my training may have been the only way my body had the strength and quick muscle memory to adapt to the conditions and persevere. In addition to the unique and fabulous terrain, the other major lesson I learned involved nutrition. Hydration was easy... Drink insane amounts of electrolyte-infused water and take salt pills to retain the water, like I was Robert Downey Jr popping valium. The challenge was consuming the planned 3,200 calories daily. I never ate more than at most, 1,200 calories. Even had I stuck to the plan, we calculated I would have needed to eat 16 large pizzas per day to keep up with the constant calorie burn. Impossible... but it made my performance, and even getting up each day very difficult. Even worse news is that although I lost 12 lbs, it wasn't all fat loss. In fact, most of it was muscle mass... In these ultra-endurance races the body burns muscle before fat reserve... so instead of coming home with chiseled six-pack abs, my body is noticeably smaller and mushier than before.... Crazy, right? The muscle just eats itself to create energy in the body throughout the race. In my defense, the thought of eating freeze dried lasagna in a bag in 120 degree heat having just gone 28 miles is not exactly appetizing. But that's where pre-race food choices could have been much better. Noodle soups, salty chips and beef jerky were like gold in the Atacama desert... Some of the lead competitors lived on couscous, olive oil and a brick of parmesan, all of which are lightweight, calorie dense, and can survive the extreme heat. If all you eat at home is fresh food, 20 hours through the desert on strawberry Gu gels is not exactly a winning formula... more like a daily shock to my system. Those were the biggest race specific factors that impacted me. I was injured during Stage 2, but even without the achilles injury, it would have been hard for me to finish in the top 50, with the terrain and nutrition struggles I described above. But my goal was to finish the race... and with all the "headwinds" I faced, I still topped more than 40% of the competitors. Beyond the race conditions, the multi-cultural living environment was the most eye-opening and inspiring experience. Spending a full week, 24/7, eating and sleeping inches from other competitors from around the world was an amazing study. We really learned how the various cultures integrate, communicate, celebrate, handle conflict, and view the world. It confirmed for me that love and compassion are truly universal gifts, and without geographical boundaries. Something small like a Korean competitor noticing me struggle, offering to split his last bag of peanuts... to a British woman who's legs and spirit were nearly broken and at the brink of quitting with only 9 miles to go, a Spaniard reached down, picked her up and carried her 20lb pack, despite knowing he'd be penalized, just so she could stay in the race. All around camp, there were constant acts of kindness taking place, forming lifelong bonds between us. I will personally maintain contact with at least 20 competitors from 12 different countries. On to a few fun little take-aways: 1. Do not, I repeat do not, snort Afrin nasal spray while running in the driest desert on earth. My nostrils turned into fiberglass as I writhed in pain looking like I ate a dozen raw onions. 2. Do not pretend you can choke down an 800 calorie bag of freeze dried chile con carne in the middle of the Atacama, even on a dare... trust me... 3. Do not look at photos on the race website and think to yourself "Oh, what a cute little race... looks like everyone is having so much fun out there." It was fun indeed, but one step inside the medical tent was all you needed to witness a full-on scene out of the movie "Platoon". 4. Never underestimate the value of ice. I would have paid $10k for just a few cubes.... But then I would have to decide whether to eat them or rub them all over my legs. 5. The Scottish are the toughest and grittiest people on the planet. Yes, we all saw "Braveheart", and yes, it's just like that... On numerous occasions, my Scottish tent-mates grabbed me and said things like "Get up and box young lad..." or "Chew up your fear and spit it out...". 6. When I don't bathe for a week, I look terrible and smell like crap... When all 150 of us don't bathe for a week, we look fabulous and smell like roses. Helps not to have mirrors... During the 7-day race, I tested my physical and mental limits in countless ways. I tapped into my spiritual self far more than any other time in my life. While asking for God's help and guidance daily, even hourly, there were too many awesome occurrences that happened to me and all around me, to be anything less than divine work. It was truly epic in that way. The interest, donations and support you have given me throughout these months will do wonders for the Children's Homes and stay with me forever. You made this whole experience possible for me and I will love and cherish all that came as a result. Thank you for guiding me through this spectacular race and I look forward to sharing great times with you soon. All my best, Jarrett

Comments: Total (14) comments

Neill Touchstone

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 21:07 PM

If I am feeling sorry for myself, I am going to think of you for inspiration and perseverance. Thanks for all you have done here, and know that this has been the best reading. See you soon and GO KOVICS!!

Vram Derohannessian

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 22:03 PM

Wow. I really hope we do our fall trip somewhere this year. I need to hear more. Nice job man.

Chris Vollaro

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 22:03 PM

I tried my best to live through you this past week, Lena and I were glued to the race updates and all we could talk to people about was what a great thing you were doing. On Friday I was teaching a class of three yer olds one of them had a shirt on with a huge 72 on it. After seeing that I knew you would finish. You did a Bret thing and raised awareness for your cause, I hope you have a quick recovery and a safe trip home. Stay in touch.

Chris Vollaro

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 22:05 PM

I tried my best to live through you this past week, Lena and I were glued to the race updates and all we could talk to people about was what a great thing you were doing. On Friday I was teaching a class of three yer olds one of them had a shirt on with a huge 72 on it. After seeing that I knew you would finish. You did a great thing and raised awareness for your cause, I hope you have a quick recovery and a safe trip home. Stay in touch.

Jayson Bales

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 22:36 PM

What an amazing journey you've taken my friend. Clearly from your words you have experienced and learned things you may never be able to fully explain, but thank you for being willing to share a little bit with everyone here who loves and supports you. You are amazing and I know God is with you and I can't wait to hear more from this adventure.

Bill Johnson

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 23:06 PM

Congratulations Jarrett and praise God for your health, and for what you did for the Methodist Children's Home. See you soon.

Wayneo Mccullough

Posted On: 11 Mar 2013 01:45 AM

JZ- and then it was done... I am so proud of you and you know I love you like a brother. All those CF wods we have done, all those early mornings training together at CrossFit Dallas Central and Katy Trail paid off. You built a base that carried you onward. But your mental toughness is what stands out- your mind never broke and when it did you pushed through. Perseverance is a characteristic you define my friend- when it is time to quit is the exact time that God wants to reveal his soul in his children... To my brother who won the battle! You are the kind of man that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh no, he's up!" Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Love the ones who don't, just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it. Bless you JZ, always, your friend and brother, Wayneo

George Berre

Posted On: 11 Mar 2013 02:24 AM

"Get up and box young lad." Brilliant...KOVICS!!! Proud of you brother.

Brett Allen

Posted On: 11 Mar 2013 03:19 AM

What an incredible experience. Huge congrats for finishing. I can't wait to hear more about it but in the meantime - that's AWESOME!!! Good for you. Now go home and hug your wife and boys. Brett

Dr. Burriss

Posted On: 11 Mar 2013 03:32 AM

Jarrett: YOU are THE BEST!!! What a fabulous act of courage, strength, commitment, and love. You are a phenomenal human being. It was a blessing to pray for you and share in your work with the orphanage! much love, g

Charu Dayal

Posted On: 11 Mar 2013 14:03 PM

Wow Jarrett!! I salute your dedication, commitment, perseverance, and strength! Look forward to your safe return and to hear about your incredible experience in person. Congratulations!

Emily Alexander

Posted On: 11 Mar 2013 23:54 PM

Love this post! Sportsmanship stories always make me cry! Love how they cross cultural boundaries and get to the very heart of God...love, compassion, mercy! Caring for fellow human beings. We both know orphans are His heart. He is indeed the Father to the Fatherless but in James 1:27 each of us are called to DO something for the nearly 147 million in the world.. Not everyone will literally call them son or daughter as we have but man, you took caring for them to a whole new level. Thankful for the opportunity to talk to Mel all week as I obsessively followed along (the competitor in me) and the lover of orphans in me.Well done. Your wife is one of my favorite people on the planet and I look forward to hearing more details on this amazing adventure of yours! Well done!

Jim Augustine

Posted On: 12 Mar 2013 17:47 PM

Congratutaions! Truely nspiring.

Adam Andescavage

Posted On: 24 Nov 2013 17:58 PM

Hi Jarrett, I heard about this race from my brother who was a medical volunteer for the Gobi March. It sounds very challenging yet rewarding. I was hoping to get some more information about the race and preparations you took. I am seriously considering signing up. Please contact me at my email at aandescavage@gmail.com I anxiously wait your reply. Cheers, Adam
Stage 5&6

9th March 2013 05:35 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

STAGE 5&6 Hello everyone... I made it through the long march... 76k... it took 20 hours, through the night... at 4am when I finally crossed the stage finish line, I was totally delirious, but it was a truly epic feeling I can barely describe... When I located my tent, I borrowed a phone from a competitor from Singapore who somehow had a signal, texted Melissa, then collapsed on top of my sleeping bag. But let me tell you how the day started... Again I woke at 5am, too dizzy to eat anything of substance, and headed directly to the medical tent to get my daily achilles check from the doctors on staff... Good news, still in tact, however the doc took one look at my feet and said "wow... we need to drill those big toes. Drilling my toenails with a large needle relieves pressure from blisters underneath the toe nails. I would lose the nails but this procedure, as gross as it sounds, would help in a big way... The big issue now, was the damage I was doing to all the stabilizing ligaments and muscles in my calves, which were working overtime to compensate for my achilles. I refused to properly push off my toes and risk rupture, so instead I would plod along kind of flat footed, concentrating on flexing my gluts to do the work. Anyway, I set of for the long march which began with a mile trek through an icy lake in knee high freezing water. This was actually great for my achilles but the wet shoes, combined with ensuing mud, meant feet that felt like heavy boulders every step I took... The good news is that with the next 20 miles of sand dunes ahead, the mud mixed with water crusted over the tops of my shoes and created a natural gator which kept out the sand for the first time all week. My plan was to take it checkpoint by checkpoint, as there were 6 in total... I was okay by the first checkpoint but at #2 I felt dizzy and lightheaded. I had managed to stay hydrated all week so it must have been a food issue. I wasn't taking in nearly enough calories each day (1,200 vs planned 3,200) for a variety of reasons. I periodically dumped food because I couldn't handle he weight on my back. Also, I ate all my bars and nuts because it was all I could stomach the first 2 days. So I relied primarily on salt pills and electrolyte tablets throughout the race days, then bartered for meals that looked appetizing with other competitors at dinner time. So at checkpoint 2, another competitor grabbed my hand, opened it, at poured a half bag of peanuts into it. I felt instantly better and after a quick check of the achilles, set off for and 11 mile stage through crusted salt flats that looked like frozen icicles sticking straight up from the ground. Even if I could run, which I could not, I had to watch every step not to break an ankle or worse, fall to the sharp ground. All good, but at checkpoint 3, the 125 degree heat set in, and despite the kind Iranian who doused me with SPF 130 sunscreen, the blazing sun was cutting through my skin. I grabbed my face stick and started feverishly scraping it all over my legs to try and shield the heat for a while. At the checkpoint, I picked up an awesome race companion, tent-mate Frasier Brown, a Brit living in Singapore. We kept each other company, helped each other tackle massive sand dunes, and planned to trek through the upcoming desert night together. Neither of us wanted to be alone in the pitch black cold desert with only a headlamp beam to see. So we plowed through the night, agreeing not to stop, with a plan to reach base camp by 3am. All was good. My achilles held up and we power-walked out way until 2am, when all of a sudden, my right calf gave way. It had been supporting my achilles for 3 days and it locked up completely. Every step was excruciatingly painful. I would limp for 2 minutes, then stop and double over. Again and again... this crushed our pace, but Frasier stayed with me. At the final checkpoint I asked the doc if I should rest a while and he said if I stop, I might not be able to continue. So I mounted up... and Frasier and I finally crossed the Stage 5&6 long march at 4am. We were full on delusional the last couple hours. I found out that there's something about no food, total body fatigue and staring at a head beam for 7 hours, brings out some crazy things in people... Tomorrow is the final stage... a short 15k "sprint" into the center of San Pedro town. Even if I have to crawl, I will finish. The race company that sponsors us is terrific, but many of the pictures and stories they post don't tell the real picture. The pain and suffering, the glory, and truly inspiring stories. After all, they are promoting the race and showing you a medical tent that resembles the show "M.A.S.H." would not inspire people to sign up. After the race, I will post a final blog with reflections, lessons learned and amazing experiences. So until then, I love you guys. Thanks so much for all the comments and support. I will save them forever and I weep like a baby every time I read them... Melissa, kiss my boys... I love you with all my heart. JZK

Comments: Total (18) comments

Mary Bredlau

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 17:54 PM

Good Job! I canNOT imagine the pain .. kudos to you for being able to "work thru it" My hat is off to you .. stay safe.

Lesley Armstrong

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 18:10 PM

Way to go Mr.K!!!! Reading your blog is an addiction!!!! So happy for you! I honestly think you should write a book.....no joking! Relax and enjoy. Who needs toenails anyway???? X safe travels home .... seems a little redundant compared to your last weeks travels!!!! See you in carpool! Miss Armstrong

Patricia Fleming

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 18:28 PM

You have been so strong and so brave. So glad you finished. I know your loving family and kids can't wait to hug you tight!

Hal Itzkovics

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 18:32 PM

Congratulations, we've been with you all the way in spirit but can't even begin to imagine the depth of your experience. Time to rest and reflect.... Gobi next? jk

Amy Bales

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 19:25 PM

"This is the day that Lord has made, let us rejoice & be glad in it!!" We are rejoicing today for your victory, pains, gains & this amazing trek. We are so proud of you & truly stand in awe of all you have accomplished. Congrats Jarrett!! Looking forward to hearing all stories..... Our best to you as you travel home. Be safe & take it it slow as you heal.

Ray Zirkel

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 19:41 PM

Jarrett! Wow! We just saw the final results and are so excited for you and we give thanks to the Lord for your safety and strength over these past days. Can't wait to hear the stories in person! Ray and Lidia

Jon Gosberg

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 19:44 PM

Awe-inspiring. You've got grit, dude. Plain and simple. Way to gut it out and I'm really I'm glad to hear that your achilles held. Enjoy your victory lap and I'm looking forward to hearing all about this amazing experience. g--

Chris Vollaro

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 19:44 PM

Congratulations, there is no way I could ever understand or imagine the pain that you went through. I know that your family and friends are proud of you and this remarkable and amazing accomplishment. I hope that your recovery goes well and I cannot wait to read the book that hopefully you one day write. Safe trip home.

Jimmy Harper

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 20:00 PM

JZK, You are the toughest guy I've ever met. I'm proud of you and proud to call you my friend. Way to Man Up, Manimal. I imagine you'll be in bed wrapped in bubble wrap for a month, but when you surface let's catch up. We would love to see y'all and I want to hear all about it. After Stage 3 I thought it would be impossible to finish...well done my friend, well done.

Jimmy Harper

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 20:34 PM

Shout out to those reading this blog and others supporting Jarrett. I just doubled my contribution. It's not too late. I challenge all of Jarrett's supporters to do the same.

Lindsey And John Stifler

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 20:54 PM

What an amazing journey! Boden is hanging out with us today and I asked him when you were coming back. Cohen interrupted and said "boden's dad is a superhero, mom!" I had to agree with him. Good job! I hope you get some really good rest when you get back.

Da Wells

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 21:18 PM

Bless you my son. Love & comfort Da

Kevin O'sullivan

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 21:55 PM

The images and blog posts are really incredible - in every sense of the word. Like I can't quite wrap my head around what you're experiencing down there. But I'm one of many who's found this whole thing inspiring and I've really been moved by the naked emotion of some of these blog posts. It's quite a thing you've done and you should be proud. Now get home to the fam! :)

Robin Ellenberg

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 01:08 AM

To say that I have been glued to following you as you have embarked on this journey is an understatement, (ask your wife). I think I secretly wish that I could push myself towards this type of journey. You have really shown, through this race, that the body is an amazingly powerful thing. This has not been just a physical adventure for you, but a spiritual, emotional and mental journey for you for you and for melissa. It has also been an emotional one for all of us watching you and supporting you. Hearing that you had crossed the finish line, brought tears to my eyes. We are all so so proud of you!

John Mcallister

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 03:08 AM

Jarrett, I'm so happy for you that you're down to the final 15k! Great accomplishment and you're to be congratulated for gutting out a 20 hour segment on bum legs. You are definitely THE man!!!

Wayneo Mccullough``

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 04:06 AM

155 Kovics! How many times did I yell that over the past month!? You did it brother- I am so proud of you. Perseverance and acceptance- so proud of you, now get home!

Neil Grant

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 15:00 PM

I am so proud!! Well done my friend! Your heart is that of a true champion-one your sons will be so proud to tell their children about!

Corby Ferrell

Posted On: 10 Mar 2013 16:14 PM

Great job Kovics! This is truly amazing.
Stage 4

6th March 2013 03:56 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Hello everyone. Thanks so much for all the words of encouragement. I made it through stage 4... I woke up this moring and again could barely walk. I used a trekking pole from the lost and found for support to get around camp. The doctors again felt my achilles was in tact, though swelling and fluid behind both of them meant major continued pain if I continued... I decided to try it. My trekking pole snapped 50 ft from the starting line, so the day didn't start well... But 28 miles later, through 120 degree heat, over ground that resembled broken glass, I limped my way across the finish line with a time of 10.5 hours. The pain was absolutely brutal in both legs all day, and never let up for a second, but I knew if I could stay ahead of the cutoff times at each checkpoint I'd make it. I shouted "man up" to myself a dozen times but I'm okay and will rest a few hours tonight before attempting the beast... 45 miles straight through the night... I'm exhausted and semi delusional so I'll sighn off. I miss you guys... Melissa, hug the boys, I love you so much... JZK

Comments: Total (64) comments

Vram Derohannessian

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:08 AM

You're insane. We're all rooting for you kid.

John Carlton

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:09 AM

Way to go JZ! Good luck with the Long March. You carry with you the love and support of many people.

Patricia Flemming

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:11 AM

I just read your recap of stage 3 and cried and cried. My husband is there with you--Brian Flemming from Alaska. Your story is so amazing, you are an inspiration and reading about the past two days you've gone through has made this experience way to real for me. I have a sense of what my husband is going through. Sounds like you are on a spiritual journey, may the God of heaven reveal Himself to you in a life altering way. Please tell my husband I love him and would love to hear more from him if he can manage it.

Rich Rogers

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:14 AM

Jarrett - Amazingly proud of you. I know you have given this your all and no matter what happens, you've done something incredible! I can't imagine the experience and the amount of effort and endurance, but know that we are all praying for you ( Francesca is literally by her bedside with you at the top of her list). Safe running tomorrow! When you get back we'll hook you up with some awesome cheese!!!

Mark Stuck

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:16 AM

Praying for pain relief and clarity of thought for you my friend....press on towards the goal!

Bill Johnson

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:20 AM

Jarrett, just amazing...one step at a time, God is with you all the time. Trust in that and in however He will lead you in the coming days...

Steve White

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:21 AM

We are so proud of you Kovics.

Ben Mclean

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:23 AM

I'm not sure if I'm more amazed by what you're doing or by the fact that you seem to have the energy to write so eloquently about it at the end of the day. Cant wait to hear what comes next. Go get 'em. P.S. "The Whoopie Boys" was on cable the other night. I nearly lost my mind.

Jim Plohg

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 04:39 AM

If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going - Winston Churchill

Wayne Mccullough

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 05:08 AM

JZ! I knew you could do it... all you had to do was get started. Don't worry about the achiles... You know where I am on that. God will give you miraculous healing and strength. Meet God in the darkness tomorrow night~ the Holy Spirit will lift your spirit and soul.. Swift feet dear friend...swift feet... You make Stage 5 you make the race!

Dani Cooney

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 05:46 AM

Jarrett your amazing, strong and inspiring... Dani

Stewart Campbell

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 12:32 PM

You are a Lion Jarrett. Remember the message I left you. Nothing is stopping you

Allison Murphy

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 12:34 PM

Way to GO, Jarrett!! Amazing. You make it through stage 5 and your are HOME FREE. You can do this! So stinkin' proud. Thinking about you, praying for you; you got this! Melissa and I have been talking and texting--she is doing GREAT and is bursting with pride (as she should be). Lots of Love from Big D, Allison, Ben, Catcher, Molly, Griffin and Berkeley

Clay Ryan

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 12:46 PM

J - Run because you have been set free to run. You have proven all you have to prove. Your 20 lb pack is heavy enough. Set down the burden of thinking you will let people down if you don't make it all the way. That is fear and it will hold you back. Run out of joy for being set free. That is greater than your pain. Wayne is right in all he has written. Don't lose sight that you are running with the greatest athletes in the world. We are all pulling for you and praying you through this. Clay

Jimmy Harper

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 12:51 PM

Way to "Man Up" Manimal. Very proud of you. Unbelievable. Next time we "compare" stories, I'm going to lose. All I've got is a sore back from hitting that 3rd bucket of golf balls! Stay Well. Jimmy

Chris Vollaro

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 13:36 PM

WOW! You are f'in unbelievable. We are thinking about you in New York and we know that you can do it.

Alicia Wood

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 13:43 PM

You are AMAZING and INSPIRING! We knew you could do it, know you know, too! Scott and I are praying for you today on the long run. You are almost there! Go, 72!!!!

George Berre

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 13:48 PM

KOVICS!!! Push through brother. CFKT believes in you man.

Stephanie Derohannessian

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 13:51 PM

sending nothing but positive vibes your way!! thought of you during a class at the gym yesterday and any thoughts i had about letting up disappeared...if you can do what you're doing, i can manage a couple of extra whatevers at the gym...thank you for being an inspiration in so many ways!

Chris Graham

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 14:00 PM

Man up --- better than man down. Punch through! You can do it! SEAL Team 6 waiting to congratulate you at the finish line!

Edward Slater

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 14:01 PM

I've watched your every step from afar and sit in amazement at your desire, drive and abilities my friend. I am proud to know a man like you ... I keep good company. Never give up ... never. You know you've got this ... let the Beast know who the REAL Beast is!! Looking forward to every update.

Sherry Roberts

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 14:03 PM

You are amazing. Did you realize when you went to Costa Rica that you were going to follow it up with this? Wow! We are proud. Many prayers being said for God's will to be done.

Hamick Family

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 14:25 PM

GO 72!!!!! We have been cheering you on from D and are reading all of the posts and reports from Atacama. I told Melissa that you have more courage, strength and perseverance in one toe than 10 men put together. Unbelievable, just truly unbelievable. GO 72!!!! Jenn

Tonya Harrison

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 14:29 PM

Wow Jarrett! I am blown away with your progress! You have made it this far and that is an accomplishment on its own! We are all so proud of you and can only look up to you for the stamina and dedication you have shown!You're almost finished!

Scarlet Barksdale

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 14:35 PM

1 Peter 5:9-10 \"Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.\" Go Jarrett! Melissa has done such an amazing job PR\'ing this whole thing...and we all stand in awe of your courage, love and endurance! We are all here rooting, cheering, supporting and praying!

Kaylyn Krahn

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 15:16 PM

Very impressive. We are all cheering for you. Please take care.

Jayson Balesq

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 15:40 PM

You continue to amaze me with your perseverance and your remarkable gift.Your mental toughness is spectacular. I am saying a prayer for your all-nighter run right now.

Casey Mcfarland

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 15:52 PM

Final Push amigo...When I grow up...I want to be like you! This is something you're gonna remember for the rest of your life. The solitude you must be feeling as you go through the night is such a stark contrast to all of the support that's being sent your way. Remember,each step takes you closer to mastering your world. When you come out the other side...I suspect you'll never look at things quite the same again.- You've got this!!

Alex Whitman

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 16:47 PM

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13 Keep it up, brother. Prayers sent from the Thursday morning Bible Study group.

Mrs. Busker's Class

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 17:28 PM

Hello Mr. Kovics, We've been reading your blog and looking at the pictures and video from your race this morning in class. We think the landscape and landforms you are running on and past in Chile are beautiful. We are so amazed at how hard you have been working. Know that our class is sending you courage to finish the next 3 stages of your race. Hudson misses you but doesn't want you to give up! Our class wants to remind you to drink lots of water for the races. We hope your legs don't ache anymore and start to heal. You can do it! Go, go, Mr. Kovics, go! From, Mrs. Busker's Class

Andrew Woodward

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 17:43 PM

I can't even begin to express how in awe I am at the physical, mental, and emotional strength you have exhibited over the last few days. We are all extremely proud of you and rooting you on every step of the way. Now LET'S FINISH THIS!!!!! -The Woodwards

John Mclandsborough

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 18:01 PM

Keep of the great work Jarrett! Unbelievably impressive....hang in there, very inspiring!

Lesley Armstrong

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 18:33 PM

Miss Armstrong here! Please could you come in and talk to boden's class about the amazing race you are doing? You are an inspiration to us all and I want our class to know what a real super hero looks like. I cannot put myself in your shoes but I am so proud of you!!! You are out there making a huge difference....NOT SITTING IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME TALKING ABOUT IT! I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Xx

Angela Richey

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 18:47 PM

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Continued prayers for you on your amazing journey!

Tami Pit

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 19:04 PM

You and what you are doing is absolutely amazing and awe inspiring. Truly awe inspiring. Jarrett, may you feel God's protective hands around you every single step you take. We are rooting for you on the 27th floor of the US Bank Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!!!

Sean Brennan

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 19:09 PM

JK, very proud of you and inspired by your strength and courage. Stay strong. SPB

Daniel Roark

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 19:35 PM

Jarrett - I am Darren's friend from the '09 race. Great job so far! You will endure this. The long march is rough but you can be comforted by knowing that it really is the last hard day of running and then a glorious day of rest awaits you. Push forward, stay calm, stay hydrated, and keep eating!!

Jon Gosberg

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 19:58 PM

JZK, You're redefining the meaning of toughness -- mentally and physically. The only "beast" out there in the desert is you, my friend. Unleash the beast. g--

Thornton Family

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 21:36 PM

Go Jarrett!! Jackson and Hunter wanted me to tell you to keep going. They are in awe of what you're doing. The downside for me is that they keep telling me I should do one (I can't even dream that big). Dig deep, 72. One step at a time - you've got this. As a family, we pray for you every night - for your safety, strength (mentally and physically) and endurance. We're all rooting for you. Ryan Laura Jackson Hunter

Krista Harper

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 22:48 PM

Go Jarrett Go!

Jarrettt Kovics

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 22:48 PM

We r with u each step of the way. Love u. Mimi and da

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 22:50 PM

Go Daddy Go! Go Daddy Go! Go Daddy Go!!!!!......Hudson and Boden are jumping up and down cheering you on. We love you!!!!!!!!!

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 00:46 AM

You can do this!! I LOVE YOU!!!! You're my everything. Go 72!!!!!!!

Corby Ferrell

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 02:50 AM

This is amazing Kovics! What an accomplishment you have already shown. You have a lot of fans back home. Prayers headed your way.

Jayson Bales

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 03:47 AM

You are close. Remember the words of the famed zen master LT and what he told you once....Or try to recall some of the wisdom of The Dude from The Big Lebowski...don't spill your beverage....OR just get up and do everything you can do. Make your tomorrow about laughter. Make it about joy. Think about those things.

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 07:33 AM

You did it!!!!!you are amazing!!!!! I love you!!!!

Darren Myers

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 11:53 AM

The results aren't posted yet but based on the news feed I am assuming you are done with the long march or close to it! Unbelievable effort to push through. Reminds me of my favorite line from Chariots of Fire: "Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within!" Get a good stretch and let your body relax before you crawl in the sleeping bag for a well deserved nap. Proud of you - can't wait to hear more about the race when you get back. By the way, let me know which one you want to do next...!

Amanda Voogt

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 13:39 PM

Truly inspiring Jarrett! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family from Chicago- you CAN do it! :) Stay safe!

Brett Allen

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 13:52 PM

Awesome Jarrett. Truly Awesome!!! Can't wait to hear about it. Brett

Dan Lyke

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 15:01 PM

You're almost there... can't wait to hear about it all. Truly awesome and inspiring.

John Stifler

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 15:20 PM

Way to keep turning it up a notch! I'm so stoked to hear the stories, we'll need to have a day's night when you get back.

Barry Greenberg

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 16:00 PM

WAY TO GO Jarrett!! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

John Mirsepahi

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 16:22 PM

Truly Amazing!! We are thinking about you. Mind over matter!!

Sherry Roberts

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 16:24 PM

I am speechless and that never happens. Wow, wow, wow!

Ken Belter

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 16:47 PM


Janis And Dennis Wells

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 16:57 PM

Absolutely exhilarating. I am so happy for you and that you haves achieved your goal. Rest wellJarrett and take it home tomorrow. We will be with you in spirit at the finish line. Love Mimi and da

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 17:09 PM

A massage is waiting for you upon your arrival!!! :):) You're amazing. I love you so much! p.s. Patty Flemming and I have been speaking....have you met her husband Brian (from Alaska)?

Linda Kovics

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 19:47 PM

JZK. Congratulations. You are amazing. We are so proud of you. Can't wait to speak to you. We love you so much.

Dr. Burriss

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 19:57 PM

Jarrett: 'have prayed more for you over the last 48 hours than the rest of the race … you have really been on my mind and heart. 2 Tim 1:7 says, God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Believe it … you CAN do this. You CAN do this with God's help. We love you, g

Lisa Stewart

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 19:58 PM

We are so proud of you! Thank you, thank you for all you are doing for the Children's Home!

Tracy Carter

Posted On: 08 Mar 2013 20:44 PM

Jarrett, It was hard to visualize what you were training for all those months but seeing the photos and reading the blogs has brought home the vision and sacrifice it took to get where you are. You have touched the lives of so many more than you even intended. What a life changing experience! I am humbled by your courage and strength. Godspeed.

Molly Lyke

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 03:57 AM

What a journey! We can't wait to hear all about it....the Lykes are rooting you on to the finish line!!!!!!!!!

Steve White

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 12:49 PM

Finish strong Kovics.

Melissa Carpenter

Posted On: 09 Mar 2013 14:11 PM

Jarrett, You are AMAZING. What a journey. It makes me stop to think about life and how we get so caught up in the rat race that we take such little time to do things that make a difference; creating profound moments that teach lessons, making positive impacts on people and making the world a better place. You are an inspiration! Thanks for the wake up call. God bless you!
Stage 3

5th March 2013 02:36 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Today was the toughest day of my life. I can't possibly describe what I went through today physically and mentally... and ultimately spiritually... I woke this morning and couldnt put my hoes on due to massive pain in my achilles tendon... After a consult with the medical staff, they cleared me with serious tendonitis and possible micro tears. After more than 9 hours I made it, but not before nearly dropping out at least three times... The last of which I sat on the side of the road and cried... Not so much because of the pain, which was unbelievable, like a knife cutting through the back of my ankle every step... I felt i could push through that... It was the thought of dropping out after 75 miles... with all the donations and support, I was very sad about that possibility... But I had to weigh that against putting my wife and kids through a second Achilles rupture... sounds like an excuse, but I swear that's what ran through my mind over and over again... I made it... and a quick ultrasound showed no rupture... So with the doctors pseudo blessing I'm going to try and stay with it.. 27.4 miles... It's late and they are about to close the media tent so I can't check the blog but thank you very much if you wrote something and I'll readit tomorrow... I promise to give it everything I have... Please forgive me if I can't finish... The thought makes me cry (for the 5th time today), but know that I'm thinking of all of you and it"s why I'm going to getup in a few hours and go for it... If this blog is sloppy I apologize... It's late' I'm dehydrated and it was a very emotional day... I love you Melissa with all my heart. I miss you so much.

Comments: Total (67) comments

Will Power

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:01 AM

Wow. What an emotional roller coaster. Unbelievable determination. Our prayers are with you. Most importantly stay safe and know you have lots of support at home.

Allison Murphy

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:02 AM

Jarrett! we are so incredibly proud of you NO MATTER WHAT. you are there--you completed stage 3--that is an AWESOME victory no matter what happens next! you are not letting anyone down--ever! you are an inspiration. listen to your body and do what you need to do! love, allison, ben, catcher, molly, griffin and berkeley

Alex Whitman

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:04 AM

Keep your head up. You're doing great. Finish/Don't finish...It doesn't matter. You've brought people together in Christ and helped change the lives of those kids. "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4 ESV

Emily Alexander

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:07 AM

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 I have been following along, messaging Mel and think what you are doing is amazing! As a mother to 3 former orphans, your cause has my heart. Press on brother! You can do this. If you don't finish, what you have already accomplished is inspiring to so many. Told Mel that your boys have one amazing daddy and they will always know to dream big and go after them. Praying for you, for strength, for the heel and wisdom.

Kevin O'sullivan

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:11 AM

Wow man - sorry you're struggling. Absolutely no need to apologize; what you've accomplished so far is awe-inspiring. Hang in there.

Fernando Rubio

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:25 AM

Friend, you can do this! You're so close! Just look back and see what you had accomplished so far...is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!! You're strong and most important, you have the heart to move mountains!!! We're all with you in every step!! Keep fighting. You have nothing to prove. We know who you are and what you're made of!! There's no failure or disappointment, there's just a tomorrow always and whatever you decide to postpone, just know we're so proud of you and the race will be there in your future again!!!

Cindy Tripp

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:26 AM

You are Awesome Jarrett!!! It is something else what you have done so far just incredible. We are all with you in heart and spirit . Follow your heart and listen to your instinct. We love you!

Robin Ellenberg

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:27 AM

What you are doing is truly amazing and inspiring to everyone who reads this and everyone I tell about what you are doing, even my kids. Tomorrow is a new day. Keep your head up and think only about the next step, not about how far you have to go - that's what I do when I run my 3 miles 😃. Sending you tons of strength!!! The ellenbergs!

Chris Vollaro

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:29 AM

Jarrett- you have trained for this and you have already accomplished more than any normal person could have. You are an inspiration and there is no doubt that you will give it all you have tomorrow. You will never be viewed as a failure and you should not feel like you let anyone down-your family and your friends love you and are proud of all you have accomplished. Stay safe and be careful Neill be thinking of you tomorrow.

Peter Duback

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:31 AM

JZK - what you've accomplished is absurd. Hoping you can go on only because you'll be disappointed if you can't, but you'd be the only one....the rest of us are in awe. You've already proved it all. That said, I'm wishing you luck - Natalie, Grace and Lucy have you in their prayers. Rock on. Pete

Justin Kovics

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:35 AM

Bro, you may have lost sight of something you achieved before you even took you first step over the starting line. Something so much bigger than how far you actually trek through the desert. You took on a challenge most of us can only ever imagine, and did so for genuinely selfless reasons. Your courage and passion and is what we all decided to support, not the distance. More than you know, you have become a source of inspiration to your friends and family because you have already gone beyond what man was comfortably designed to do. Listen to your body and please use good judgement. Don't think for a second that anyone would thing you're wrong for packing it in, rather the opposite. You passed extraordinary a long time ago. Love you. 

Adora Zarad Zarad

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:44 AM

You are a SUPER STAR and Inspiration... your authenticity, bravery and humility are beautiful. We are with you all the way, no matter your choice.

Larry Ellenberg

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:47 AM

What you have accomplished so far has been amazing. You have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself and you did that the minute you started this journey. Keep your head up and listen to your body and take care of your Achilles. If you think something isn't right, stop! I remember hearing what you went through when you tore it and its not worth it. Get your rest, be safe and kick ass!

Wayneo Mccullough

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:49 AM

JZ~ you and I once ran a 50K together... Remember carrying each other when the other was down? Well that is where we are today... Ironically I have been having to put a lot in perspective and the reality is you can't lose~ You are loved no matter what... God will meet you right where you are- always! That being said~ you know you have it~ believe and acheive my friend.. Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right." - 1 Peter 4:19 I've said it for years, there is nothing good that God brings into your life by way of transformation that He doesn't bring through the funnel of perseverance. If God can get that one characteristic into your life, He can truly make you what He wants you to be. First Peter 4:19 encourages us with, "Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good." Did you hear what you're supposed to do? Entrust your soul to your faithful Creator. God is faithful to you. He's got His hand on the thermostat. The fire will not get too hot. He's watching the depth gauge; this trial will not get too deep. God puts up the boundaries to your trials. "That's all. That's my daughter. I know what she can handle. Not that much. Not there. Not now." God protects His own. He will not allow you to be tried beyond what you are able to take. And in the middle of it all, He tells you to entrust yourself to His care. God knows you better than you know yourself. You're not going to lose it; you're going to be okay. You don't know what you are capable of when you're resting in God's strength and not your own. You're going to get through this one way or another. It's not going to last forever and you will get through it - because God is faithful. He's not tired and He's not wondering when this is going to be over. Reassure yourself, "I'm not going under." You can keep going for another day, another week because God is producing staying power in you. The ability to remain in that marriage - as hard as it is. The ability to remain in that job - as hard as it is. The ability to stick with it in that difficult circumstance - no matter what. If God can produce in you that staying power, He can give you everything else. The good's not coming if you quit. Listen, God can get every characteristic of Christ into your life if He can just teach you to stay in the game. ~James McDonald

Alicia Wood

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 03:55 AM

Jarrett, You are amazing! Your heart and determination have already carried you to Chile on behalf of others. You've pressed on for the prize and already won that prize for the home. :) We are all amazed by you and praying for your ability to rest, have peace and carry on as you are so moved. Your CFKT family is behind you!

Patty Liu

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:00 AM

JZK - You are amazing and what you're doing is even more amazing!! You are a true inspiration to me and to so many people! I am reading your blog and Melissa's posts and pics daily. Joe and I are cheering you on all the way from NYC! Go JZK!! YOU GOT THIS! PL

Kat Davis

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:02 AM

You are amazing!!! You have accomplished an amazing feat! We are all proud of you!

Linda Kovics

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:03 AM

Please follow your instincts and you will know what to do. This has been a unbelievable journey and you have accomplished so much more than most You are an inspiration to all. Love you.

Wayne Mccullough

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:03 AM

JZ~ I have got to post again... You recently told me about the great Zen warriors. Don't give up... You will know when it is time but don't allow your mind to lie to you my friend. Keep pushing forward, stay in the NOW, the only step that matters is the one in front of you...

Zeina Smidi

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:12 AM

Beautiful soul. Sending you rays of light, tender healing and lots of love. You are surrounded by angels and you have are supported by the universal One. Know you are not alone, we are here cheering for you and sending our prayers your way. Blessings to you brother!!

Chloe Aduddell

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:28 AM

JK- you have sacrificed so much and accomplished your goal already! There is nothing to prove with these last few miles... Listen to your body, and know that finish or not, you have family and friends who love you, respect you, and are in awe of you. Simply training and following through on your commitment to race is all you are responsible for- and you've accomplished it! So proud of you, and I know your wife and kids are excited to have you home, safe and sound!! "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" Matt 6:33. The glory of man is of no value. Push through! Keep priorities! See you back in Texas :)

Kelli Carlton

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:28 AM

JZK - You won when you crossed the start line. XO,K

Molly Lyke

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:47 AM

Everyone has said it...what you've accomplished is AMAZING! You are the awesomest(correct grammar blah blah blah...it just fits so well)!!!! I have no doubt in my mind that you can finish this...you are stronger than you know. You've done more in 3 days than most of us will ever do and we will always be in awe of you...75 miles or 150 miles. Your brother said it well "you passed extraordinary a long time ago". Lots of prayers and positive energy coming your way!

Hal Itzkovics

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:49 AM

You are an inspiration at so many levels and what you've accomplished to date has done so much good for your cause and the children. Follow your instincts and get home safe for your family and friends.

Jayson Bales

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 04:49 AM

However it goes and whatever happens, know that by your commitment to this race, this effort and what you've done for the Children's Home and by you placing yourself in this spot IS ALREADY A SUCCESS, regardless of whether you finish first or last or in-between or have to drop because of medical reasons. You have already given everything and tomorrow you will give some more. It will be tough but there are prayers for you and you'll ultimately know what is right. However you finish, you can stand up knowing you did something great. Period. You have already succeeded. God will honor that and He will honor you. You are inspiring.

Bill Johnson

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 05:14 AM

Jarrett, praying for you every day. Know that God is with you every step of this journey, as He is every day of your life.

Chris Graham

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 10:40 AM

It's only 4:33 a.m. and you've already inspired me to get up and hit the gym! You are at that intersection where mind meets body meets soul. They all get to know a deeper part of you. Everyone who enters the race is already a winner. Anyone who limps over the finish line is a champion. Enjoy the journey and don't fret about letting anyone down. This is YOUR journey. Stay in suck just a little longer! CMG

Brad Cameron

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 12:34 PM

JZK - you got this! Your training both physically and spiritually will pull you through. We love you lots. The Camerons.

Vram Derohannessian

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 12:37 PM

What you have done already is incredible. Steph told me she cried reading this last post. Keep pushing.

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 13:38 PM

Deep breath, SD. "Master yourself and Change the World", ...YOU HAVE/ARE DOING THIS! The many children in CR had their lives uplifted the moment you signed up for the Atacama race. The path you are on now is for YOU. The boys and I are SO deeply proud of you. You are teaching them what we always talk about. Take the "mental backpack" off and keep repeating Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. If I could, I'd be there with a jam box (yes I said jam box) running beside you with "Eye of the Tiger" blaring!! :) Whatever happens out there today or the next few days, you have enlightened us all! I love you so much and will be by your side for eternity!

Scott Falk

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:01 PM

Hang in there Jarrett .. we are following your blog and hoping the achilles "quiets" down. Left foot .. right foot .. left foot .. right foot!!

Sherry Roberts

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:10 PM

Have I said you are a great leader? Pace yourself and have faith. You are on a lot of prayer lists. We are proud of you and know that you are doing your best.

Matt Woolley

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:23 PM

Never mentally quit Jarrett. Only physical ailments can keep you from this. Make us proud! Keep going. I am proud of you.

Melanie Miller

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:27 PM

Jarrett!! I got choked up reading this!! HANG IN THERE!!! So proud of you... so impressed... take my brother's advice since he's really the only one who knows what you are going through and know that we are all cheering you on and grimacing at your unbelievable pain and effort. You are an amazing person!! Big hugs and lots of love from the hood! Melanie

Carly-rae Moss

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:31 PM

Kovics, if there is one person that has the will and the strength to fight through this, it's you. I have no doubts that you will finish strong. You would be the first to tell me that I should not give up, so I just want to share with you the same encouragement you have shared with me. My prayers are with you!

Tonya Harrison

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:35 PM

Jarrett, I have been reading your blogs as Sherry sends them to us. My heart just broke for you this morning as I read your last entry. I am so proud to work for such a man that has such love for what you are doing, your supporters and your family. You are already a great success! Don't ever forget that! Tonya

Casey Mcfarland

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:38 PM

Hey Buddy - I used to have an instructor that said "this is the toughest thing you will do all day"...well, this may be, physically the toughest thing you do in your entire life. Like all the other challenges that you've conquered...if your wheels hold up, I know your spirit, your drive will let you rock this one too! You set a bar that few can reach...then above all, you have the guts to say, "I got this". Hang in there pal - you're an inspiration. Go easy on the risks and measure your pace...you've got this!

Shelly Pace

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 14:51 PM

We are all pulling for you, Jarrett! It is absolutely amazing to follow you and see what you have accomplished and are currently accomplishing. The last time I saw you was when you came to visit us in Annapolis. You went on a run that morning with Zack and we certainly had no idea it would lead to something like this race! :-) Absolutely amazing and inspiring!!!

Angela Richey

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:03 PM

What an amazing accomplishment to have even started such a journey! Prayers for you!!!

Charu Dayal

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:03 PM

JZK - Please know how proud I am to work with someone as dedicated and committed as you! Most people wouldn't have been able to go through the pre-training sessions and get on the plane to even go attempt something like this. You are an inspiration to all of us. In fact you have helped reinforce that our lives are worth exactly the effort we put into them! Keeping you in my prayers.

Darren Myers

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:05 PM

Tell that damn Achilles to stop getting in the way of a good time! I remember gaining a lot of inspiration during the race from people in various states of disrepair - its amazing how strong the mind can be in overcoming physical pain! We had one person (normally a 2:15 marathoner) who couldn't bend his swollen knee by day 3 and had to do half the race with a makeshift cane, one painful step at a time. He motivated all of us. Take comfort in the power of your mind. Dig deep and you can see the race to its end!

Ryan Thornton

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:09 PM

Hey Jarrett - Dig deep and take it one step at a time. The fact that you even signed up for a challenge like this shows what solid man you are. Whether you come in first place or your body tells you that you've crossed your own finish line, everyone is extremely proud of you. I was telling my own boys last night how impressed, proud and encouraged that Laura and I are of you for tackling this challenge. Jarrett, be encouraged by the army of people behind you and supporting you. Take care, Ryan Laura Jackson & Hunter

Neil Grant

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:09 PM

Remember the movie moment when they all stood up in the room, got on their deaks for their leader and they all repeated the phrase, "O Captian, My Captian?" All of us collectively chant that to you, our leader: be it family, friend or colleage! We all are deeply proud to know your dedication, determination and above all, your heart! Finish or not, you are a much better Man for the attempt! Melissa: play this song next: "Carry on my wayward son, they'll be peace when you are done!"

Jon Gosberg

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:21 PM

JZK, As far as I'm concerned, you've already won. While most people are content to cut checks for a cause (myself included), you truly give from the heart -- the heart of a freakin' lion, I might add. I know you know how hard to push. Do what you need to and don't think for a moment that any of your people could possibly be "let down" by anything you've accomplished. You're an inspiration and I'm proud to call you my friend. g--

Sharon Dickerson

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:25 PM

Jarrett, your strength and determination is an inspiration to all of us. We believe in you and are so proud of what you've accomplished. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue on this incredible journey!

Janet Mockovciak

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:26 PM

We are so inspired by you! What you have done and accomplished is just amazing ! Do what you need to do to take care of yourself - mentally & physically!

Randy Touchstone

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:35 PM

Kovics, we are praying for you! Keep your head up and feet moving!

Luke Halliday

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 15:44 PM

You truly are a fearless leader. Everyone here is so proud of you and are behind you every step of the way. You are a true inspiration.

Mark Stevanovic

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 16:14 PM

J, I put in 20 mins on the treadmill this morning, so I know what you're going through. Get it together! This can't be more painful than a manager's meeting at the old evil empire. One step at a time. Set lots of short goals and never look back! Everyone's pulling for you as evidenced by this string of comments. While Melissa cranks "Eye of the Tiger" you've got to visualize racing Apollo Creed on the beach (but without the akward hugging at the end). Wishing you a strong finish and safe return home! Mark

Sp Nix

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 16:26 PM

Don't quit. Proud of you.

Kimberly Thekan

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 16:51 PM

Hang in there JZK...you have inspired us all no matter what happens today! You know me, and I need to add that what is most important right now is that you stay healthy and get home safely to your beautiful wife and children. Do not beat yourself up for one more second...you rock!

Lena Vollaro

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 17:24 PM

WOO HOO - can you hear us cheering for you in NY?! You are doing an amazing thing here- whatever the outcome of your physical task - you have already achieved so much! I did an extra mile on the treadmill today for you, friend! GODSPEED, JARRETT! You're a ROCKSTAR!!

Laura Thurow

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 17:31 PM

What an incredible journey for you, and a source of awe and inspiration for the rest of us, no matter what the race result. We're all thinking about you and rooting for you.

Ken Belter

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 18:54 PM

Great Job, truely inspiring! Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your journey!

Lisa Muilenburg

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 19:05 PM

JZK - You're a role model to all of us and we are immensely proud of you. Your boys may be too young to understand what you're doing right now, but someday they will realize what a hero you are. Keep strong. P.S. I've written the CEO of Frito Lay to request a shipment of Cheetos to be airlifted to the desert. If you see a carton of them falling from the sky, it's not a hallucination!!

Michele Salzman

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 20:18 PM

Jarrett - All I can say is WOW! This sounded rough when you told us about it, but after seeing pictures, video and reading your blog I don't even know what to say. I know you can do this because that's who you are. I am sending good thoughts your way. No matter what happens, you are an amazing person!

Barry Greenberg

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 20:34 PM

What, Jarrett's not in his office?!?! Stay STRONG. G-d's speed Jarrett.

Scott Wood

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 20:49 PM

Jarret, you can do this! Remember, we talked about how God will reveal himself to you this week. This is part of the process. I am praying for your regularly throughout the day. I know you can do it. Hang tough man. Can't wait for you to get back to the box and tell us all aobut it!

Jimmy Harper

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 22:30 PM

Manimal, You've already won no matter what happens

Jarrett Kovics

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 23:22 PM

I will lift up mine eyes to the Lord from whence cometh my strength. Know that God is with you all the way. The stars and the vast universe are showering you with strength. Love u. Janis

Stephen Pryor

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 00:23 AM

Jarrett, The Pryors are pulling for you. You are an inspiration to all and has been fascinating following you and seeing all the videos of this race. I felt like crying after running the Cowtown HALF marathon, so I can't even imagine the physical and mental challenges you are going through! You have alot of people that believe in you and I know you can do it!

Kimberly Ross

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 00:28 AM

I just read your story and wanted to say ...Its not about finishing it ,its about what you made a choice on to start:)! Most of us just dream of those things in our bucket list and never do them. Be proud of yourself for beginning! Good luck and many blessings!

Polly Lucas

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 02:11 AM

Stay strong. I am praying for you and your family.

Darren Myers

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 03:10 AM

Looks like stage 4 is in the books! huge effort!

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 03:14 AM

You did it!! Way to go!!!! I love you!!

Dr. Burriss

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 03:17 AM

Jarrett: YOU are already a hero. LOTS of people are praying for you, loving you, and sending lots of positive energy your way. The best thing I have read so far is that you cried five times in one day -- that is a fabulous psychological breakthrough. Tears cleanse the soul! You CAN do this. I am asking God to send you ministering spirits. Here are excerpts from Ps 91: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;they will lift you up in their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. We love you, g

Patty Liu

Posted On: 07 Mar 2013 03:45 AM

JZK - Melissa just posted that you finished stage 4! You are such an inspiration! Hang in there and good luck with the double marathon tomorrow! Hope you get some well deserved rest. All the best - PL
Stage 2

4th March 2013 04:10 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Hello all... Well, the best way I can describe today was totally amazing and absolutely brutal at the same time.Let me start with the amazing part... The first 2 hours were through a georgous canyon crossing rivers in waist high water. Normally I'd mind struggling to stay on my feet through the rapids but it was the only cold water we've had so I loved it. Equally epic was running a half mile down a towering sand dune. Your feet just go on their own as you pick up speed all the way down. I have never experienced anything like that... Check out the pictures they post from Stage 2, they should be awesome... As for the brutality, it started at 5am when I was so sore, I could barely get out of my tent. That may have attributed to the 9 hours it took me to cross the finish line.I was shuffling along nicely until the wheels came off at the 30k checkpoint. Two toenails are mashed, and I couldn't decide which hurt worse, my shoulders or my legs. I utilzed every resource I had, and thankfully I my running mate today was a Scottish dude named Peter. He's a triathlon freak and had a solution for everything from how to tape my feet to when to eat and pop salt tablets. Nothing he could do about the 20lb back-breaking pack we each carried... And yes, Turkey Jerky holds up at 10,000 feet elevation and 112 degrees which was today's lovely conditons... I'm back at base camp, pounding water and anything my stomach will handle, which is not the freeze dried turkey and mashed potatoes I brought along. The Brits have these awesome jellies (like swedish fish and gummy bears combined) and I nearly wrestled a Canadian for a bag of cheetos on the premise that it's an American snack... Most of the people here are really amazing hard core athletes and competitors. I'm learning so much about the true meaning of human endurance. Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my blog. You can't imagine how much I cherish reading them. Melissa, kiss my little monkeys... I needed them today... And I really miss you and love you so much. (Sorry everyone... this is the only way I can communcate with my bride...) Tomorrow we take on the famous salt flats. I'll be back to you then. Love to all. JZK

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Da Wells

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 11:57 AM

Ja-Ko: Be gentle with yourself and keep in sight the longer view. The spiritual truths you learn and what you learn about yourself is where the richness of the experience lies. "Finishing" lies more in completing this stage of spiritual development that you can share with HUD, Bo, and Baron then the physical completion of the race. You will have lots of spiritual insights to share with others when you return. I Love you. Da
Stage 1

3rd March 2013 04:26 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Stage 1 done... Wow is all I can say... The first 20k was great. I ran most of the way... Then the 100 degree heat set in at the same time I approached a massive mountain, only I had no idea how long I would be ascending... It felt like it never ended... fortunately I buddied up with a canadian dude and we paced each other until I started halucinating and he ran ahead. Next was two south africans... They were pure comedy which kept my mind off the heat and body fatigue... I hobbled across the finish line at around the 5 hour mark. Pretty good and we'll see how I feel tomorrow... I have virtually no appetite but gulped down a noodle soup and a protein bar. We are like sardines in my tent but the Scots and Brits keep the mood light for all of us. I miss you all and rely on your support to press onward... Hi Hudson, Boden and Baron... I love you so much... Daddy will be home soon... And Melissa, you are my world... I love you sooo much. I"ll be back manana. JZK

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Alex Whitman

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 12:07 PM

Great job, Kovics! Keep it up! "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Christian Lisowski

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 12:52 PM

Well, you made it past the hardest part, starting stage 1. Now every step is a step towards the finish and home. Keep a healthy supply of Geritol and Ben Gay and keep those Hammy's loose! We got our eyes on you!

Jon Gosberg

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 13:21 PM

Keep moving forward, JZK. You've got this. g--

The Lykes

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 14:08 PM

Great job, Jarrett! The pictures of you look great. Hang in there! Tons of support and prayers from Dallas.

Ryan Thornton

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 14:10 PM

Awesome job on the first stage, Jarrett! Dig deep and keep it up, you've got this. We're praying back here for your endurance and strength - physically and mentally! RT

Molly Lyke

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 14:11 PM

GO JARRETT!!!! The Lykes are rooting for you back in Dallas!

Sherry Roberts

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 14:34 PM

Way to go, Jarrett. We are proud of you! Saying lots of prayers.

Larry Ellenberg

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 15:31 PM

Keep it going Jarrett. Proud of you!!!!

Justin Kovics

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 15:56 PM

"If you're going through hell, keep going." -Churchill Keep going bro. Love you.

Laurie Kight

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 16:30 PM

Way to go, Jarrett! You have many friends in Dallas cheering you all the way. The Kights

Amy Bales

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 16:55 PM

We are so proud of you Jarrett! Love hearing the updates. Just incredible. We are praying for you each day as are many others. Keep up the fight!

Stephanie Derohannessian

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 17:01 PM

YOU ROCK!!! and what goose said sums it up exactly :) (not sure if we're still supposed to call him "goose," but i can't help it)

Cindy Tripp

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 17:22 PM

Way to Go Jarrett! You can do it. I am pulling for you from Austin.

Fernando Rubio

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 17:29 PM

Wow!! What a great experience!! You're definitely a rockstar! Go strong my friend. The Rubios are sending all the energy and good vibes all the way to the souther hemisphere!

Scarlet Barksdale

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 17:47 PM

Hi Kovics! While thinking what to write, i decided to look up perseverance. 2nd definition stated: In theology, continuance in a state of grace to a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance. "1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it." And a personal favorite: "Colossians 1:11-12 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." RUN JARRETT...and Go Mel for holding up the homefront. Your love is inspiring...

Kate Power

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 17:55 PM

Way to go, Jarrett! We are thinking and cheering for you!

Esmeralda Terrazas

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 18:40 PM


Jessica Miksis

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 18:42 PM

You're amazing! Keep it up, Jarrett. A total inspiration.

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 18:42 PM

Hi Daddy!! -If your still running the race, I want you to know I miss you. I have baseball practice and I will send you a message of it. Love Boden -I hope you come in 1st,2nd or 3rd but it really doesn't matter as long as you have fun. Love Hudson The boys and I are always watching for pictures or videos of you and so excited to get updates everyday! Thinking about you all the time and we miss you SO much!! Keep it up and know you are AMAZING!!! Enjoy the beauty that is around you and keep your thoughts light. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (little hawaii love for ya) I love you, BB

Pete Duback

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 19:09 PM

JZK - you are an ANIMAL! Keep it up buddy, we'll be following your progress from Milwaukee and elsewhere. Super impressed, that's all I can say. Good luck (and don't forget to have fun). Pete

Jayson Bales

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 19:53 PM

Way to go Jarrett! Keep moving forward. The children's home is greatly benefiting from your efforts and the money you are raising through this race is changing lives.

Karen Rogers

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 20:08 PM

Keep the faith, my friend. If anyone can do this, you can. We are all praying for you back here in Dallas. Picture all those beautiful kids who have hope, love, and a chance because of what you are doing. God is with you every step of the way.

Hal Itzkovics

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 20:15 PM

We have faith in you - keep focused, keep hydrated. You looked good and loose at the finish of Stage 1. Keep buddied up, think of all the stories you'll bring home!

Randy Touchstone

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 20:21 PM

come on KOVICS!! we are pulling for you!

Andrew Woodward

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 20:22 PM

Keep it up Jarrett!! The Woodwards are following closely, in awe of what you are accomplishing. Stay strong!

Chris Graham

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 21:07 PM

inch by inch life's a cinch mile by mile life's a trial just put one foot in front of the other good luck and God's speed ! CMG

Jae Ellis

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 21:47 PM

Glad you made it through the first stage -- you'll be in our prayers at the Ellis house....

Kelli Carlton

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 22:31 PM

GO JZK! Carlton love and hugs comin' your way from central Texas. We are pulling for you, and we love you. One foot in front of the other. You may carry that pack by yourself, but you are not alone. We've all got your back. XO,K

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 22:46 PM

HI Daddy! How hard was the race today? Was it very hot? I hope you do a good job for the race tomorrow. Love Hud!

Krista Harper

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 22:49 PM

Go Jarrett Go! Soooo impressed-you are the man! Now we just need to plan that post race vaca with you, Bubbles and us! Thinking of a beach and a margarita! Take care!

B, B, Ty Cameron

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 01:07 AM

Go Uncle J, keep up the good work!! You are in our prayers.... 1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Walt Miller

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 01:26 AM

Way to go JZK! What a huge milestone! Keep up the good work and positive attitude. Thinking about you from across the street.

Ray Zirkel

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 01:38 AM

Jarrett Awesome job! We are so grateful for all you're doing for the children at the HOME and know so many will be blessed through your amazing efforts... May the Lord continue to give you more energy and faith with each stage of the race! We can't wait to hear the first hand story! Ray

Chris Vollaro

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 01:44 AM

You got this Jarrett. Keep moving, we know you will never give up. We are proud of you.

Janis And Dennis Wells

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 01:48 AM

Sounds incredible. Congrats on making it over the mountain. We were in the rain forest with downpours today. Beautiful scenery and thoughts of u often. We are watching the same stars. Found an article on the Atacama crossing in Aerolingas Argentinas airline magazine that we r saving for u. Can't wait to hear about your next days adventure. Love you

Casey Mcfarland

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 03:34 AM

JZK - dude, you are a stud. Once again you're proving - If you can dream it...you can do it! That's an awesome way to live...!

Lissie Mccullough

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 03:40 AM

Run forest run!!! Way to go jarrett!!! So proud of you! Know we are all praying for you and thinking about you! WOW!!!!!!!!

Chris Benedict

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 11:52 AM

Great work Jarrett, stay strong, pace yourself and try to take it all in on one of the most incredible experiences in your life!

Linda Kovics

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 12:17 PM

We are so proud of you. You are one in a million. Be safe. We love you. Mom

Rich Rogers

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 16:51 PM

I'm really proud of you, man!! You can rock it! We're praying for you and can't wait to hear more. Suave out.

Sherry Roberts

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 16:56 PM

One day at a time Sweet Jesus. It will be history and what a story to tell. Keep up the good work. You are an awesome leader.

Sean Brennan

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 17:15 PM

JK, stay strong. The Brennan gang is pulling for you. Peace. SPB

Jimmy Harper

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 17:23 PM

Great going JZK. Literally keeping you in my prayers. Dig deep my friend. Jimmy

Lena Vollaro

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 17:59 PM

Jarrett- we are thinking of you everyday and rooting for you! Keep pushing- you are inspiring all of us! We love you! Lena and Chris

Jason Corliss

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 17:59 PM

Keep pumping, no letup, JZK!!!

Sandi Feinberg

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 18:04 PM

Hi Jarrett. Keep up the good work. I'm following you. LoveSandi

Mark Stuck

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 18:54 PM

So proud of you and so inspired by your efforts....keeping you in my prayers my friend.

Kevin Osullivan

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 19:10 PM

Dude!! Love & support for NYC. Thought I'd glance at your blog during a working lunch and next thing I knew I was up out of my seat and jogging in place! I'm 100% with you brother! Drinks on me when all this is done.

Kevin Osullivan

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 19:13 PM

Dude!! Love & support from NYC. Thought I\'d glance at your blog during a working lunch and next thing I knew I was up out of my seat and jogging in place! I\'m 100% with you brother! Drinks on me when all this is done.

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 20:03 PM

GO SD!!!:) amazing photos of you guys in stage 3!! Saw you in a few Videos :):) good to see your face. Boden had a fantastic first baseball Practice and Hudson is finishing up his science project. He's very proud! Hudson says he wants to run with you next year. You are inspiring your children to live Life to the fullest and outside the box. Keep going and know we are with you all the way. We miss and love you VERY much!! I love you bb

Dan Lykes

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 22:11 PM

Not sure what the crud is... but they mentioned it in the update. Sounds like a ridiculously tough day... but you're on your way! Good luck, stay strong, take care of your feet... Manhattans on your return!

Lisa Stewart

Posted On: 05 Mar 2013 22:13 PM

Jarrett-This is amazing! You have lots of supporters here at HPUMC! We are thinking about you and praying for you. Lisa

Janis And Dennis Wells

Posted On: 06 Mar 2013 02:10 AM

Day three you r almost there. Rest easy and know that we are with u as u race on. The volcano looks amazing. Live you. Mimi and da
Hello From San Pedro

1st March 2013 01:28 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Hello from San Pedro de Atacama. The weather is beautiful and the people are awesome. I arrived safe and sound and already met dozens of competitors, doctors and staff. This part of the Chile looks like Colorado and New Mexico on steroids... Mountains, sand, streams and a stray llama or two... Today I will go for a light run to keep the body loose and see more of the town. I'll also spend a couple hours ditching items from my racepack, as I can already tell I've way overpacked... Love to all... I'll post an update after stage 1 on Sunday sfternoon.

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Ryan Thornton

Posted On: 01 Mar 2013 14:45 PM

Good luck, Kovics. You'll do great, you're ready for this. We're cheering you on from Dallas. The Thorntons

Christian Lisowski

Posted On: 01 Mar 2013 20:17 PM

Good Luck! The Lisowski Family will be keeping track of your progress every day. And remember, if you get tired the wild Llamas down there really enjoy being mounted!

Janis Wells

Posted On: 01 Mar 2013 22:07 PM

So glad u arrived safely and r enjoying the desert. We r in BA and thinking about u as we walk the streets. Take care and can't wait to read your blog. Love u. Mimi and da

Wayne Mccullough

Posted On: 02 Mar 2013 11:25 AM

JZ~ love from Dallas brother.... You are surrounded in peace and prayers. Get that pack light and keep those feet swift.

Melissa Kovics

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 02:10 AM

The boys and I are cheering for you!!!! We love you!! Go get it and enjoy every moment. xxoo

Wayne Mccullough

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 04:25 AM

www.robcarman.com Believe You Can Believe you can, and you can. Belief is one of the most powerful of all problem dissolvers. When you believe that a difficulty can be overcome, you are more then half way to victory. Many times in the gospels you find the phrase, "As you have believed be it done unto you." Or, "According to your faith." One of the greatest principles of life that God gave us is we can do what we think we can. Back in 1886 a man by the name of Walker ran the mile in 4:12 seconds. It was a world record. Thirty seven years later Paavo Nurmi ran it in 4:10 seconds. A Boston newspaper written during this time said "The fastest man on earth, Nurmi! nobody will be able to beat his record." It was 31 years later a lanky frail looking English physician named Roger Bannister came along and in 1954 ran the mile in four minutes flat. Why had no one ever ran the mile so fast before? Bannister said it was because they didn't think it could be done. When we believe, really believe that we can and will overcome or achieve in a particular situation, we will. A main reason why people are beat down by difficulties is simply that they allow themselves to think they can be beat. So, grow tall in your thoughts until you become taller then your problems. Action Steps 1. Practice believing, by seeing it, visualizing yourself as succeeding. 2. Change the picture in your mind. It won't be easy but if you'll stay with it you will begin to see the situation different. 3. Start today to take time believing that what your facing you will triumph over.

John Toomay

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 04:48 AM

We'll be following the action from big d. Do it right!

Core 150 Shaker

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 15:37 PM

All the staff at Core 150 would like to wish you all the very best.

Linda Kovics

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 18:14 PM

Good Luck today We are all thinking about you and love you. Mom.

The Lykes

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 19:03 PM

We're excited to hear how that start was! Big fans in Dallas are all pulling for you!

Lisa Sharpless

Posted On: 03 Mar 2013 19:10 PM

We're following your blog and cheering you on from Brenham! Praying for health and endurance for you.

Janet Mockovciak

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 00:00 AM

You are amazing!! John and I are cheering you on from Utah and keeping track of your progress.. Sending positive energy your direction....Janet

Houston Harris

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 00:06 AM

Let\'s go Kovics!!!

Dr. Burriss

Posted On: 04 Mar 2013 12:39 PM

'praying that you will have some incredible experiences with God, love the beauty of the desert, feel good in your body, meet some great people along the way, and celebrate the massive accomplishments you are having. much love, g