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It’s Not Enough To Start The Race – You’ve Got to FINISH It!

Just as the Beijing Olympics will provide us with a lot of inspirational moments we can use in our life, so too did the Olympic games of 40 years ago. John Akhwari was a marathon runner representing Tanzania at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. During the race he fell, badly cutting his knee and dislocating the joint. Rather than quitting, he got up from the fall, bandaged his leg and continued to run. He finished hours after the winner and last among the 74 competitors. Asked why he continued to run when there was no chance that he could win, he replied, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”

Watch this video and then get up off the track and finish YOUR RACE!