Finishing a race

“If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not.”  – B.G. Jett

“If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just to finish the race – it’s up to you.” – Dave Scott

Then, of course, there is the story of the the greatest last place finish ever.  Lori Mitchell of author of SPEED Manifesting, wrote:

“It was almost 7pm in Mexico City, 1968. One hour earlier the winners of the 26 mile Olympic marathon had crossed the finish line. It had been a grueling hot day as the high altitude affected all the athletes. The sky was beginning to darken and most of the stadium was empty. As the last few spectators were preparing to leave, police sirens and flashing lights caught their attention. A lone runner, wearing the colours of Tanzania had just emerged through the stadium gate. Limping, with his leg bandaged he found the last of his endurance to step up his pace and finish the race. His name was John Stephen Akhwari.”

When he was interviewed after the race and asked why he continued running, Akhwari answered: “My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race.”

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