This past Monday thousands of runners lined up to start a race that takes place every year- the impact that some left behind on the course is truly amazing!! If you've never watched a Boston Marathon, it's not just the finish line that is impressive, it's the entire 26.2 mile stretch, lined with spectators cheering on every single runner to push them to the finish, it's a sight to be seen! After the elite runners pass by and claim their trophies, it's the rest of the runners that leave an impact on you! Some run to prove to themselves that they can do it, others run to raise awareness for a cause deeply rooted in them and some run for those who can't!
I wanted to share a few truly remarkable stories with you and hope it moves you the same way it moved me.
A Symbol of Inspiration
A 39-year old Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy completed his 5th - yes you read that correctly, 5th marathon and finished almost 20 hours after the race started! I saw the story oddly enough while I was running on a treadmill with tears streaming down my face - the strength and courage of this man and the wisdom that he has been able to impart on so many people will forever be engraved in my mind. You can watch part of the video here.
A Symbol of New Beginnings
Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, ran the last 3.2 miles of the race and when she crossed the finish line it was nothing short of amazing! Just six months prior to the race, she had undergone another operation and to see her RUNNING alongside so many other's was amazing! You can see her crossing the finish line here and hear how this is the start to her new life!
A Symbol for Peace - Team MR8
You've probably seen the face of Martin Richard, who was one of the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy. Shortly after the marathon, a picture of Martin started circulating and gave new meaning to what we should all be focusing on!! With over $780,000 raised, a team of 73 runners participated in this years marathon!! And one of the best stories to come from the race is the engagement of two MR8 runners at the finish line!
After really processing the reasons why thousands of runners from across the world come to participate in this race - I'm just left feeling so thankful! Thankful for all the blessings in my life, particularly health which I tend to not think about daily.
I also want to leave this post off on fun and light note and wanted to share one of the best pictures I've ever taken and it happens to be of the winner Lelisa Desisa - I took this as he was jetting past our house...it was also picked up by CNN :)
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