This past weekend I had the honor of covering the Crossroads 17.75K race for http://www.runwashington.com/. It’s one of 12 races put on by the Marine Corps Marathon, my absolute favorite marathon!
The article is my first to be included on the website, and must admit I couldn’t be more proud. If you want to check out it out – click here. Be sure to also check out next months issue of Washington Running Report, pictures I took at the race will be featured!
I had a moment at the start line. The chaplain said a prayer before hand, he quoted one of my very favorite Bible verses. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us — Hebrews 12:1. I started to feel that ever familiar feeling of a knot in my throat, as a suppressed tears of happiness and joy. The gun went off and I just started to cry. Darn it, I love running. I love it so much that I even love it from the sidelines. I watched as people ran by and thought to myself about all their stories I did not know.
From each race, a book could be written, of all the reasons we run. What motivates us. I know among those runners that day, there were some great stories, ones that would inspire us all.
Next time you are at a race, take a moment to get to know the person standing next to you. Ask them why they run – you might just make a new running friend – or at the very least hear a very inspiring story.