...how much everyone appreciates and respects you? Paul was honored today at the Log Road Motocross Trackfor his exemplary service and commitment to quality with a beautiful plaque that acknowledges his contributions to this special community. Motocrossers are a unique and rare breed who dedicate themselves to the incredible physical demands of a dangerous sport, while simultaneously honoring good sportsmanship and healthy competition. If you ride motocross and indulge in anything less than the highest moral ground, you will unfortunately be left behind to eat dust. Paul Walker has validated the concept of fair play and champion spirit, simply by the way he lives and how he conducts himself on the motocross track.
Paul earned the title of being #3 in the Nation in 1979, at competition in California, in the open class as an amateur rank. In 1979 he ranked as a champion again in Minnesota, earning a national ranking of #10. His best friend, Rody Shroyer, traveled with Paul to both events, earning a 1979 ranking of 16th in the Nation. Both Paul and Rody were sponsored locally for many years by Husquvarna and Toledo based RPM Racing (now known as PR Racing on Tremainesville.)
Today, I traveled to Log Road Motocross Track, and had the pleasure of watching life unfold as each class left the starting gate. It is not difficult to figure out who is good, great, or best. It is a bit more subtle to determine who is honorable. Listening to the competitors tells all. The good guys make no excuses for their performance, never blaming their bike's malfunction or fellow motocrosser for their finish place. There are some who are born with talent and ability, and unfortunately there are others who will have a difficult time getting to the top no matter how much they practice. This is true for anything in life, and the honorable thing to do is to accept it. No whining, and no excuses.
I watched a champion today, honorably and lovingly pass the torch to his younger and more able fellow motocrossers. He walked their bikes to the starting line, refreshed the ruts with the heel of his shoe, spun the back tire perfectly and placed the bike in the track.He held on to each kid, 2 of whom were not his own, as they mentally prepared for the challenge prior to the race. This is not an easy thing...everyone at that starting point feels as if they are going to throw up or pass out. Exaggerated emotions are experienced by each motocrosser at the start of a race. Paul was there to help.
Tim and Kyle raced a full day at Log Road.
When the races are done, Paul power washes each bike. Today, there were four bikes dirty from the track. Fortunately, there were no injuries today, but if there had been Paul would have used some of his emergency/trauma medical knowledge and saved a life or two. Dr. Paul Walker is an Omni Health Care emergency room physician who is first on the accident scene and responsible for airlifting victims to nearby hospitals. Humble in his accomplishments, Paul is not the "typical" MD. Suffice to say, unless you asked, you would never know this wonderful man saves lives for a living. I am speechless, and in complete awe as I witness the life this man lives. He has quietly put a life together that honors everything that he loves, and is truly living his dream. Paul's love of flying, motocross, and medicine goes way back to his childhood. He has brought it all forward into the adult life he now lives. He is not only an example for his children, but for all of us who respect the American Dream. Thank you, Paul, for living such an extraordinary life by being so incredibly grounded and normal.