The Power of Sport: Lelisa Desisa

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Sometimes running feels like a purely individual sport. Every morning when you lace up your trainers and head out the door, it’s just you and the rhythm of your stride. Your training revolves around your next race, your next PR, your next running goal. But sometimes things happen that remind us that running is not an individual sport. As runners we are part of a tremendous community of people young and old, from every corner of the earth. Even if you run solo, you are part of a team.

The events following this year’s Boston Marathon tragedy have shown us how runners stand strong together in the face of hardship. We’ve seen charity races to raise money for victims, running apparel supporting Boston, and an outpouring of volunteer support. Yesterday, Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa gave us even more reason to believe that running transcends the simple act of lacing up and logging miles. He returned his winner’s medal to Mayor Thomas Menino and said, “sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world.” Read the full article on HuffPo, and the next time you run, take a moment to remember the community to which you belong.

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