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Runner’s World (August 1991) told the story of Beth Anne DeCiantis’s attempt to qualify for the 1992 Olympic Trials marathon. A female runner must complete the 26 miles, 385-yard race in less than two hours, forty-five minutes to compete at the Olympics Trial.
Beth started strong but began having trouble around mile 23. She reached the final straightaway at 2:43, with just two minutes left to qualify. Two hundred yards from the finish, she stumbled and fell. Dazed, she stayed down for twenty-seconds. The crowd yelled, “Get up!” The clock was ticking-2:44, les than a minute to go.
Beth Anne staggered to her feet and began walking. Five yards short of the finish, with ten seconds to go, she fell again. She began to crawl, the crowd cheering her on, and crossed the finish line on her hands and knees. Her time? Two hours forty-four minutes fifty-seven seconds.
We must never forget that the word persevere comes from the prefix per, meaning through, coupled with the word severe. It means to keep pressing on-even through severe circumstances.
Nelson Mandela once said, It always seems impossible until it’s done.”Share on Facebook