Shoot to Thrill

AC/DC; while some people may not care for their glorification of alcohol, sex, and fast living, their energetic style of rock ‘n roll is undoubtedly popular. Nothing gets my pulse racing like some Malcolm Young power chords and AC/DC’s “Back in Black” album is full of them!

Race officials choose music leading up to the starting gun that gets runner’s adrenaline flowing. The Fargo Marathon opted for AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill” to send runners on their way in 2011, and I applauded their choice. When Malcolm’s first few notes blared through the speakers (which purposely give the impression of feed-back, by the way) runners began jumping up and down screaming encouragement at each other. My entire body shivered and my skin crawled with goose bumps: I’ve never experienced an adrenaline surge like that before and haven’t since. I was totally primed to run 26.2 miles!

Today, as I was driving around Grand Forks, I pulled out AC/DC’s “Back in Black”. “Hell’s Bells,” the first track of the album, invited me to turn up the volume which I readily agreed to do. “Shoot to Thrill” came on next, and those first few notes brought me back to 2011. My skin became covered with goose flesh, and I pressed the accelerator a little closer to the floor boards. My head started bobbing with the beat, and I was once again mentally ready for 26.2 miles. Unfortunately, my drive around town wasn’t anywhere near that distance, but I still fully appreciated the energy that AC/DC brings!

“Shoot to Thrill” is the ultimate song to send runners off for a marathon, but it also works pretty good for getting 50 year old men around Grand Forks on a Sunday afternoon!

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