|Thanks to Boston, this current project will be completed|
I have attached a few links below this post with more insight on Korir, they are worth the read. They tell of his strong faith and his concern for the poor. For instance, Korir is well known for buying two Subway sandwiches before every race. One for pre-race fuel, the other to actively seek out someone in need for a meal. But beyond this small gesture, even more impressive is how Korir directs nearly all of his race winnings to his foundation. The $150,000 prize for winning Boston was a “gift from God, a miracle,” according to Wesley. With this money, he joined forces with Ryan and Sara Hall to complete a hospital.
Interestingly, though it might not be the same level of desperation, there is a strong presence of faith and social values in distance racing today. From guys like Korir and Meb, to Ryan and Sara, to Josh Cox to many others. It’s a refreshing side of professional sports that I like to try and talk about, especially to aspiring young runners. There are pockets of strong character in other sports, but they are rare. Just think if all athletes determined to live a little simpler and to use their excessive winnings (salaries) for such causes. To be fair, just think if we all did this .......
As I read about the improbable Boston win, I kept thinking about the photos of Korir breaking the tape. He slows to a stop, he crouches down, then he simply looks to the sky. He later talks about the praying and singing that he shared during the race. I can’t help but wonder what it feels like to cross the finish and know that you have just made life a little bit more livable for someone else. Maybe that’s what it means to “Run Like a Kenyan!”
In closing, as you watch the Olympic Marathon events next month (Women on 8/5, Men on 8/12), join me in cheering for the USA’s Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila, Kara Goucher, Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman. But should the gold medal elude these six, you can be certain that a Kenyan is likely to have won. Take a moment to consider the back story, then do as all of our team will do, feel good about what that just might mean. Now, hurry on, "I think you’re being lapped by a Kenyan!”
|Winning Boston, but more importantly, funding hope!|
InterVarsity Story on Wesley Korir
Who is Wesley Korir?
Running Times - Hospital Project