This world record Ahelee just wrote about is stunning.
Normally records like these are broken in small incremements, but to have the new world
record reduced by 43 seconds to drop below 2:05 is incredible. In all the minds of the
marathoners around the world, the threshold of possibility just shifted significantly.
I'm reminded of a recent documentary on Reinhold Messner, the first man to climb Mt.
Everest without oxygen and also the first man to climb Everest alone. He talked about
the significance of breaking the barrier that kept others from believing it was possible.
He was so incredibly inspired to provide that inspiration to others. Even now he has
established a climbing museum in the Italian Dolomites (with a breathtaking view).
Others have followed in his footsteps and has made the mountain of mountains
climbable. Of special note, he said his true motivation to climb Everest was to discover
more about himself and face his perceived limitations.
These pioneers have a special spirit about them which seems to kindle an adventurous
spark inside when you hear about them -- also a kind of "win one for the team" feeling
that makes you proud to be human.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, ahelee_sf <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> Maybe everyone has heard this news... but I haven't seen a posting
> New World Records in the marathon!
> While one of our favorite marathoners, Khalid Khannouchi is
> recovering from an illness and preparing for the Olympic Marathon
> next year, his competitor, Paul Tergat, broke Khalid's world record
> of 2:05:38 with a 2:04:55 at the Berlin Marathon on September 28th.
> Second place finisher Sammy Korir also finished under the record time
> with a 2:04:56!
> BUT THAT IS NOT ALL! Check out the times and the ages below!
> Incredibly impressive new world age-group records were also set the
> same weekend.
> Andres Espinosa, age 40 (men's masters record, 2:08:46)
> Ed Whitlock age 72-!! (70+, 2:59:08)
> Fauja Singh, age 92 - YES, that is 92 years old!! (90+, 5:40:01)
> Whew! I don't know about you... but I'm going out for a run! Hope you
> at least got your two miles in today! Happy running!
> San Francisco