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My Running Hero
I started running track 7th grade year back in 1974. Several things have happened in my life since then, but running as always been a constant. Some years were fewer miles than others while some were loaded with miles. I’ve had several coaches or coach like people to help me along the way, not to mention all the great running friends I have made. My junior high and high school coaches were the first big influence on me. In track practice they often ran us till we puked and I would go home hating them for it. Track meet day would come and so would the medals. I didn’t hate them then. After school, however, I had no more coaches to help keep me driven. Years past before someone else would inspire me, but a couple years and they were gone too. But in 2003, I met someone who inspired me and has continued to inspire me to this day. Not on that, but anyone that comes in contact with him gets the very same inspiration as I do.
This runner, coach, husband, father, friend to all is one of the greatest people I have ever met. He will always be there to listen, offers advice when you ask and is one of the first to offer his hand if you fall. He is the most humble person I know, never claiming to be better than anyone, never pointing a finger at anyone, always making himself a equal to anyone. He’ll be the first to tell you that he’s not as good as someone else when in reality he is. He goes out of his way to help others better themselves not only in running, but in everyday life. He has a smile for anyone and everyone. He can be finished running a marathon an hour or more before you, and still tell you how great you did.
His family are just as great as he is and he makes sure they come before him. And they are all just as wonderful as he himself. He has taught me a lot about running and life just from the examples he shows every day. I could not ask or find a great friend, coach, mentor or human being if I searched the world over, and over, and over. My running has improved a hundred fold since 2003. I always had the ability, but he peeled away the outside so that I could let my ability work for me. I have no doubt that without his inspiration, I would not be doing half as good as I am today.
My Running Hero, My Mentor, My Coach and My Friend….Thank you Sir Winston Kenton. Thank you for all you have done, for me and for everyone who knows you. You are My Running Hero