This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Cheers to the winners of this year’s St. Louis marathon and related events, now called Go! St. Louis. It takes grit, nerve and a lot of sweat to lead the field. But I found equal inspiration elsewhere during the race — at the back of the pack.
In sports, as in most things, glory falls on the winners. Take the steely Kenyan speedsters who’ve dominated distance events for years. I saw them once as they flew past the finish line of the Boston Marathon, pushing the limits of human endurance. As a jogger who had never entered a race, I was in awe.