27 Jan '15, 11am

On Running And Privilege

On Running And Privilege

Another good friend of mine was a Kipsigis man, a goat herder and a 2:12 marathoner. In Kenya, running 2:12 for the marathon does not mean much, given the depth of talent and fierce competition for the limited opportunities to race internationally. He admitted to me that he started running with hopes of traveling to Europe to win prize money from racing to bring back to his family. While he did not succeed in gaining sponsorship for travel, he did come to love the practice of running for its own sake. Each morning, he would wake up, run for a few hours on the dusty, sun-beaten dirt roads connecting the neighboring villages, and then proceed on to a full day of herding his goats. Running had slipped into his routine as something nourishing and vital. It struck me that the act of moving on foot had greater meaning and importance than simply being a means of transportation.

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2015/01/on-running-and-privilege.html

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