Great Job, Spring Marathoners!

April 21, 2007 By Uta Pippig
© Peter Rufo/www.EliteRunning.com
© Peter Rufo/www.EliteRunning.com

Congratulations to all of you who have run one of the recent spring marathons, like Boston or Rotterdam. It has been exciting to see the great results. I send my best wishes to those who soon will be running marathons in London, Hamburg and elsewhere!

Being in Boston for this year’s windy, rainy Marathon Monday reminded me again of how special our sport is. 20,000 runners were demonstrating for the world much that is good in human nature. At the start, I could feel just how determined everyone was to have a great experience, no matter how adverse the weather. At 21 miles, at the top of Heartbreak Hill, I was struck by the drive and passion of all those runners persevering, fighting the hills and headwinds to achieve their personal goals. And at the finish, the joy and satisfaction being experienced were overwhelming.

Uta takes shelter with members of the Lazarus House team before the Boston start. © private
Uta takes shelter with members of the Lazarus House team before the Boston start. © private

More than 1,200 runners representing the Boston Marathon’s 21 official charities ran not just for their own reasons, like improving their time and health, but also for the interests of others. Combined, they were responsible for raising $8.5 million in one day. I was lucky enough to meet some of them, including the team raising money for Lazarus House, who kindly offered me shelter from the rain and storm, in their bus, prior to the start at the Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton. Their stories, like the stories of so many others from Monday, such as the runners on the Tufts/Nova team, are great examples of how running can be a force for good in the world.

Stay healthy and fit, and keep running!

Yours,

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