Having read most there is to read about last Sunday’s New York City marathon, I came upon a story by Mike Cassidy. He’s a blazing fast runner from Staten Island. I’ve seen him train in Central Park and the grace with which he runs inspires awe. Last year he argued that the NYC Marathon shouldn’t have been cancelled. This year he ran, almost dropped out, and then experienced an incredible rebirth, mid-race.
If you read anything running-related in 2013, please take 15 minutes to absorb this piece. Very powerful, and true. Money quote:
“In a world where sponsors drop athletes at the first sign of struggle, where corporate race organizers cut elite budgets, where the reigning two-time top American at Boston can’t get a shoe contract, Meb’s character and class brought into stark contrast how callous and shortsighted the running industry can sometimes be. It would be a lesson in being a good professional—if it wasn’t such a lesson in being a good person. Meb understood the power of the day and what he represents to so many people. He sacrificed his body for his fans; he put the good of others before his own. In so doing, Meb personified the power of running to reach beyond the race course.”