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I ran the Shamrock 10 miler on Sunday and wow do I need work. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
The best part of the race was the finish chute. I had finished and was standing at the chute cheering everybody on and talking to the camara guy. He was snapping pics and talking about some of the races he photograhed.<br><br>
I asked him which race made the biggest impression on him as a photograher. Was it the big IM's or the 5k's? Was it the first guy across or the last. Strangely enough he told me it was none of them. He told me the best, yet hardest race to cover, is the Special Olympics.<br><br>
His descrpition of the kids as they cross the line and the looks on the proudest parents got me teary eyed. He was telling me of one boy who was having trouble the last bit. He could see the boy in the distance but he kept coming, kept fighting. The croud was cheering like crazy and when he got 50 feet from the line his eyes lit up. He started running like he got this super human power and ran across the line as hard as he could. His mother was waiting for him with open arms. He said you would have thought that little boy had just won an olympic gold medal, but in reality, he had run a half mile.<br><br>
I learned a great deal watching the finishers yesterday. Sometimes you never know where your inspiration is gonna come from.<br><br>
To all of you, <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
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We've got the Special Olympics here.<br>
I don't know when it goes on, though.<br><br>
One of the things that I want to do some time is be on of the "huggers" or helpers either in the pool,...maybe now too, in the run or something.<br><br>
My dad's done it, and had a BLAST.
 

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Thank you for sharing, I am such a sucker for stories like that!!!<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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My school district started a special olympics team this year and we had students compete at the regional and state level in snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding. The elementary students who competed came and spoke to the hs students at our weekly assembly and showed off their ribbons. It was awesome.<br>
The elementary special education teacher who started this is now leading a committee that will organize a community walk/run/ride event around our local lake in May as a fundraiser and community building activity. Should be very cool.
 

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OK, now I'm teary eyed <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Excellent.<br><br>
Reminds us all how freakin lucky we are to do ANY ONE of these sports, let alone MANY of them, and often...all on the same day. We piss an moan and feel sorry for ourselves when we don't meet some goal, and forget that for some... getting off that couch, or even getting 25yds down the pool, or riding the bike to the end of the block - is a huge effort, a huge goal, and something they've never forget for the rest of their lives once acheived.<br><br>
I started pondering this concept Sunday during my 1/2 Marathon when I was passing people on a steady basis. Granted, I'm still back of pack, but there was simply no question I would finish and no question I could do it. IT WAS ASSUMED. But for several of the folks I passed, I could see the look of worry in their faces. They were hurting. Some had running mentors with them, most did not. They were out there all alone, battling this tough tough course.<br><br>
But for many of these folks in Special Olympics, their set of "assumptions" are all different. Coordinating movement in both legs might be as big of a challenge to someone as me hitting a 5minute mile. These folks need to be measured by relevant standards based on their accomplishments and I think Special Olympics does a great job of providing that. A lady in my tri group is super-active and she's gotten a bunch of folks from our group to volunteer, they all said they had a GREAT time.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing Sheldon, it's easy to forget how freakin good we all have it, even at our WORST.
 

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Great post Sheldon.<br><br>
Here I was not being satisfied with my bike split yesterday and you post this and put everything back into perspective for me.
 
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