A Trophy For Arvie by Robert Chapin
Approx. 1,750 words.
Published on July 27, 2011.
They were the best of friends in 1959. Entered into a marathon consisting of three revolutions around the town common.
Preston and Arvie agreed to end on the same foot - Preston stumbled to the ground and Arvie the victor returned to assist his friend.
His demonstration of unselfishness was that of a true human being.
Arvie died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam in 1969.