the marathon of life

Saturday was one of the best days in recent memory. In the morning, I (Steve) ran a 5K down on the Charles River, in which I finished 2nd with a time of 16:38, a personal best. (for those of you who don’t know, I’m training to run the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington on May 27, so these races are in preparation for the “big one”) Chrissy and Damon came out and cheered me on, which was awesome. So that was a good start.

That afternoon, we went with our friends Matt & Pam to the Sports and Fitness Expo associated with the Boston Marathon. These things are amazing — a convention center full of booths giving away free samples of every kind of healthy food and drink you can imagine. All the race sponsors also have booths, so it’s fun to browse all the running shoes and clothing and just be “in the presence” of thousands of Boston Marathon athletes.

While walking down one of the aisles, I noticed a teenager wearing an Abilene High School T-shirt. Next to him, I saw a couple of familiar faces: Tracy and Tina Fleet, members at Highland and friends from Abilene! I had forgotten that Tracy qualified for Boston last year at the Austin Marathon, and here was 3/4 of the family ready to watch Dad compete. We had an a great conversation with the Fleets, hearing from them about what God is doing in their family and giving them a brief update on what God is doing in Boston. But more than anything, the meeting was an unexpected time of encouragement with some amazing people. Funny how God does that, huh?

Note: Tracy finished his first Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 56 minutes, a formitable feat considering the gale-force winds and rain throughout much of the race.

As I mentioned, Monday marked the 111th running of the Boston Marathon, arguably the most prestigious sporting event on the planet. It’s definitely my favorite sporting event, marathoning being my prime interest and passion (besides the Lord and my wife, of course). While I didn’t compete today, I did follow closely the action thanks to mile-by-mile leader updates and commentary on and the marathon Web site.

I was happy to see Robert Cheruiyot repeat as the men’s champion. The Kenyan finished the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 14.13 seconds, a time that was slowed by a Nor’Easter that brought high winds and torrential rains through about half the race. Like many of the Kenyan athletes, Cheruiyot’s story of his rise from extreme poverty (homeless and making 25 cents a day) to international success is amazing. And no surprise here — he attributes his survival and success to his hope and Savior, the “Almighty Father.” Take a moment to read a story about Cheruiyot that appeared in Sunday’s Boston Globe.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mandy on April 17, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Hey Steve! I watched the Marathon coverage on t.v. yesterday, and I am SO glad that Cheruiyot won again. They did a little story on him, and it had me in tears. I watch these people run this amazing race for so many personal, charitable, and other reasons and I’m inspired by all of them. I don’t think I’d finish that thing in one DAY – 2 hours?!?! That’s incredible!!


  2. Hello Steve,

    Seems we both have been very busy. I was at the Nashua Church of Christ on Saturday, and was able to catch up a little with the McCook’s, as well as reintroduce myself to Dr. Love. I pray that you and Chrissy are doing well, and hopefully we can catch up on a day in our near futures. Blessings,


  3. The last link was wrong. Hope to talk to you soon…


  4. Seems I still cannot get the link right, but at least you are getting a few hits on your site today as a result. blessings,


  5. That must be 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 13 seconds – unless he smashed the world record and they have begun measuring marathon times down to the hundredth of a second.

    16:38! Congratulations! I used to run, but I never did a 16:38 5-k. You’re made out of some pretty tough stuff.

    When I was in 8th grade, I had pictures all over my room of Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter, Bill Rogers, and the dude who won the 10,000 meters Olympic race in ’76 or ’72 (along with the next three finishers – who all finished within about a second or two of each other).

    Godspeed on the marathon!

    Cheers to running!


  6. Posted by Steve on April 26, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    CE – Yes, that was a typo: 2 hours, 14 min, 13 seconds. No record-smashing on that rainy, cool, windy day!

    Bill Rodgers is like a demi-God in Boston, having won the Marathon here four times. He’s got a neat running store downtown that I sometimes peruse on my lunch break =)

    Would you look at that! Running — Something CE and I agree on! Will wonders never cease.



  7. Does this mean we can be friends? 😉

    If you ever come down to VA, let me know. Maybe we can go running together and argue about theology and politics. 😉 Then again, if you decide to run me into the ground, you’ll probably win the debate, cause I won’t be able to breathe, must less articulate anything intelligent.

    By the way, as a Jesus fan and a running fan, you might appreciate my latest blog post:


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