I don’t think the guys who come in first are the only heros of running. Other heros are the guys who come in last.
After crossing the finish line of 2008 Stanchart Nairobi marathon in new personal best time of 2 hour 54 minutes, I stayed behind for hours and watched other runners cross the finish line. I saw determined runners cross the finish line 6 hours after the marathon started. Even after the roads had been opened, determined runners walked on the road side determined to get to the finish line.
This never say die spirit and determination to finish no matter how long you take is truly admirable.
In 1980 the Bishop of Pennsylvania during the 1908 London Games gave a sermon titled “The most important thing is not to win but to take part!” Today, this is the motto of Olympic games.