As I continue my journey to reveal the most influential and inspirational people, events or other in my running career. While there are hundreds and hundreds of people who have been a part of my running career and I am very grateful for the role they are in my life, I will be share with you the most inspirational.
Some you will know, some will be no surprise, but others may be. I promised these posts will be raw, truthful and sometimes emotional. Maybe in these posts you will find your own inspirational or feel compelled to thank those around you.
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Years before I started running, one of my friends (met his and his family during our residence in TN) lost over 100 lbs and became a runner. I watched in AWE as he ran 60 (or was it 65?) miles on his birthday.
A kind and gentle soul that has made a lasting imprint on my family, for many personal reasons.
Since I began running, he has had a series of set backs and we have yet to run a race together. That is a dream of mine, unfilled. One day, I want to run/walk/crawl a half marathon with him, step by step. The man who truly, truly inspired me to run. One day, I want to cross that finish line with him.
Every half marathon, I dedicate a mile to someone who has inspired me. Since 2010, Forrest has been my Mile 5, for every half marathon. At Mile 5, I think about him and how he has made such a lasting impact on so many people's lives.
Forrest Wise of Hendersonville, TN.
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