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Finishing the race –

Posted by admin on Jun 27, 2009 in Stuff

Mexico 1968. The Olympic games. John Akhwari from Tanzania was a marathon runner. During the race he fell badly cutting his knee and dislocating the joint. He finished last among 74 competitors, hours after the race had been won.

When asked why he continued to run when there was no chance of winning the race, he replied, “My country did not send me 5000 miles to start the race. They sent me 5000 miles to finish the race.”

This is courageous. Perhaps there is a lesson on life we can extract from John’s example.

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