Sometimes I have to ask myself the question: why bother?
Sometimes, these moments, where Nic's teammates help him run in the 1600, are the reason.
I remember the same place cheering Nic's completion of his first 400 last year and thought that moment would be a hard one to top. But when I heard one of Nic's teammates ask an official "Can we run with him?" as Nic struggled into his last lap, I could have cried. And watching those three boys--who had just finished their own 1600s--trot alongside him in the last 300 meters, it was all I could do NOT to cry.
But I do feel the unasked question: why make him run? Why do this when you know he'll never finish first?
He likes his team. He likes to be near them, even if he isn't always sure how to interact with them. And he can outrun most of the kids in his gym class, which has its own set of bragging rights, even if the people in the stands don't know that.
Why bother? Because Nic is a part of a team that would not be the same without him.
And that's a good enough reason for me.