Jeff Tritel Sculpture

Going the Distance

Going the Distance by Jeff Tritel

In the sculptor's words...

As a cross country runner in high school I learned the lessons of tenacity.  These are lessons I still hold close. I learned the importance of persevering through pain and difficulty and the rewards to be had by "going the distance."

How I learned to “go the distance” by Jeff Tritel

My junior year in high school was a break out year for me.  At the beginning of that year I tried to avoid physical education class by managing the cross country team after school.  I don’t remember much of what that job entailed other than handing out towels after practice.  I got to watch the runners run 10 mile workouts, I got to watch them cramp, I got to watch them vomit from exertion.  I couldn’t stand myself standing with a stopwatch while the team sweated their hearts out.  This lasted maybe a week until I asked the coach if I could join the team.  I was asthmatic and slow.  The truth was that as a long distance runner I was terrible.  I literally ate everyone else’s dust.  But I learned.  I learned to finish what I started.  I learned that it’s far more satisfying to be a participant that to be an observer.  I learned about the satisfaction of doing something that you thought you couldn’t and I learned the importance of “going the distance.”

Bronze with patina, granite base
Edition limited to 25
Height 17"
Width 8"
Depth 7"
Weight 7.5  lbs.
Current Price $1,800
Copyright 1997

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