The moon's shining through the clouds by the time the finally arrive, jogging up to the mat at last. The greeter welcomes them to the Atomium, they politely thank her, and for the third time in the race, Phil tells them they're the last team to arrive. But this is the first time he actually Philiminates them. They say they loved every minute of the race. Phil says they've proven that age won't stop a team from doing well on the race, refraining from telling them they've lasted longer than any other old-people team ever has. Cathi agrees, "Lots of times older Americans are overlooked, and it's like you're invisible. We can make a contribution, we can be competitive, and I think we were." Bill agrees, and adds, "Win, lose or draw, there's not reason for us to ever fall apart." Post-leg, Bill calls it "one more chance to be with my best friend and do some really, really special things in the world. And I would do it all over again, same person, same way." Oh, shit, are they dying? Man, that would be an even bigger downer.
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