Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Running Community

I ran in a 10K race this morning. It was a small race (about 180 runners), part of Harlan Days (a little community festival). I have been running for years, and today I was reminded why I love the running community. It doesn't matter if you are young or old, fast or slow -- there is an esprit de corps among runners. Case in point -- long after the race was "over" -- while the awards were being given (near the finish line) an exhausted looking, overweight guy crossed the finish line. The loudest cheer of the day went up for this man. "Good job dude!" "Way to go!" I'm sure he felt encouraged. A few minutes later, a woman finished. More cheers and high fives. Ya gotta love it.


William Mckinley Dyer said...

Maybe a little lesson Christians can learn...Encourage those who might not be as fit spiritually as you to keep the race (faith) rather than showing how better you are than them.

David H. Willis said...

If running is a sport for exhausted looking overweight guys then I may have finally found my sport!

Jeff Randleman said...

I agree. I run my first 5K in October. Currently, I'm up to about 2 miles a day, 4x a week. Looking forward to the experience. I'm committed to marathon next September, in St Charles, MO. Thanks for posting!