Thursday, December 5, 2013

How many stars do YOU see? Runners at the Feaster Five in Andover, MA.

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At the Feaster Five in Andover, MA (November 28, 2013)

How many stars do you see in this photo?

I'll tell you how many stars I see!

Fifty on the flag, of course.  (Whipping violently in the arctic gale

sweeping down from Canada on this Thanksgiving morning.)

Plus a constellation of stars on the stage:

brilliant runners, who have inspired all of us in this crowd of 11,000 at the start line.

Bill Rodgers: (4-time winner of the Boston Marathon.)

Joan Benoit Samuelson: (just "Joanie" to any runner in New England)--

who proved to the Olympic Committee that a WOMAN from New England
can run 26.2 miles with speed and grace and style.

Rick and Dick Hoyt: who proved many times

that NOTHING can stop a champion.

John Young: at the microphone--

triathlete, marathoner, and my friend:
the biggest man I know.

and Celeste Corcoran: survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, 

who teaches us every day what it means to be "Boston Strong."

Stars?  No.  A constellation of strength and humanity up there on stage,

filling us runners in the street with inspiration for this race.

Copyright (c) 2013 by Ken Skier.  All rights reserved.

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