Last year, when I was at mile 42, Anton passed me on his way back. I don't think the kids really wish Anton to do poorly; I think they just want me to do well. Here's Grace's card:
Notice # 3 on Emma's card:
Here's the real motivation behind Emma's encouragement:
Unfortunately, if I just run one mile of Leadville this year, I'll beat Anton. Apparently, he's had some unfortunate injuries and won't be running.