For Starters


We all come to the start line with different stories. Different experiences. Different challenges.

Some of us have overcome injury and a sense of inability. Others have had something to prove; perhaps moreso to themselves than to anyone else. Still others are here to inspire, to show that hard work and determination can bring you anywhere you choose to go.

We are of all walks. We are of all shapes and sizes. We are of all colours, cultures, creeds, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and ages.

For all the focus the finish line garners in our goal-oriented society, it is the start line that is the great equalizer. For it is the start line that is often the hardest place to arrive.

We arrive with a sense of hope and anticipation, desire, and ambition. Often too we arrive with nerves and some trepidation. But they do not stop us. Training and preparation bestow confidence as well as ability.

And it is precisely because of this training, this preparation, that running grants us one of life’s most valuable gifts.

The gift of self-belief.



  1. Brilliantly said!

    1. Thanks NT 😊

  2. I love how you place your words.

    1. Thanks Bill 😃

      I wanted it to have the tone of one of those human interest pieces you see on TV at the Olympics 😃

  3. Great article Rod!!!
    I’ve always been drawn to the backstories of runners. That ‘thing’ that motivated a person to sign up for a race, to try that outlandish distance, or even run with a bunch of crazies on Thursday mornings at 6am from Croft and College.

    But this article is inspiring. It reminds me an old John Bingham quote…

    “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

    See you tonight.

    1. Thanks Q! I appreciate your words and your inspiration! That quote gave me goosebumps 👍🏽

      Thanks for support. 😃

      See you at track.

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