Many longtime businesses call Sheridan County home. Maintaining and growing a small business has challenges no matter the community, but small-town entrepreneurship has its own special set of challenges.
Each time a business celebrates 20 years, its leaders deserve a special kudos. This week, Wyoming Electric, Inc., will mark its 20th anniversary with a celebration. Stop by the shop at 15 Gable Way Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Meet the team, grab some grub and tour the shop.
Also, ask them about community involvement. Wyoming Electric, Inc., has had plenty over the last two decades.
Three goals — that’s all I had in mind when I started the 18-mile race of the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run Saturday. Along those miles, many other thoughts came to mind, but initially I had just three goals: I wanted to finish. I didn’t want to finish last. I didn’t want a friend of mine running the 52-miler to pass me.
I achieved all three.
While the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run certainly presented challenges to participants throughout the race, weather and trail conditions among them, one thing that stood out wasn’t the hardship but rather the encouragement along the way.
Occasionally, between cursing myself for signing up in the first place and cursing my knees that wobbled with each downhill step, I noticed the people who passed me.
Many were covered in mud, breathless and tired. Still, no matter who they passed, many took the time to say “good job” or “keep it up.” Many simply held a thumbs up for encouragement. Runners who participated in the 100-miler congratulated me as they ran by. They had already done 80-something miles, and still they took time to encourage me. That says a lot about not only the caliber of the athlete, but the caliber of the person.
Many people say things like, “You’re crazy,” when they discuss runners who sign up for long-distance races. But there is no greater feeling than pushing yourself further mentally and farther physically than you thought you could go. The sense of accomplishment makes any soreness felt the next day 100 percent worth it.
As the runners stumble through town over the next few days, walking stiffly with muscle aches, rather than question their sanity, ask how you’ve challenged yourself lately. The challenge doesn’t have to take the form of a race — or any physical competition. We grow when we step outside our comfort zone. We achieve big things when we push our own limits.
Get after it.
Finally, The Press had a great turnout for the inaugural “20 Under Forty” happy hour event at Black Tooth Brewing Company Monday. Thank you to all who showed support for this year’s honorees. If you didn’t make it, check out the list in the June 16 edition of The Press and give a pat on the back (or a thumbs up on the trail) to the young folks who keep pushing boundaries to make Sheridan a better and better place to live.