In the world of running, you don’t have to look far to be inspired. Just last night Rick and Dick Hoyt, the father-son team who have been running marathons and triathlons for the past 36 years, received the Jimmy V Perserverance Award during ESPN’s Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (ESPYS). Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, in a wheelchair in over 1000 events, including 6 Ironmans! Although this year’s Boston Marathon (their 31st) was supposed to be their last, they were stopped short of the finish line because of the bombs so they will be returning next year for their final race.
Then there’s Winter Vinecki. Winter is only 14 years old, but she’s on an incredible mission to run a marathon on every continent, while raising awareness about Prostate Cancer in memory of her late father. Most recently she crossed South America off her list after completing the Inca Trail Marathon and coming in 3rd Female Overall. Her marathon PR is 3:45:04 and she’s a two-time IronKids National Triathlon Champion. Wow, is there anything this girl can’t do?
I started following Robin Arzon while she was completing her leg of the MS Run the US Tour. A 3000 mile relay across America, MS Run the US has runners lacing up to run 6 consecutive marathons in 6 days to raise money to help cure Multiple Sclerosis. Robin ran her leg back in May and everyday I would follow along on Twitter and Instagram and be completely inspired. Robin ran 123 miles in honour of her mother who has been living with MS since 1999.
The guys from Boundless are crazy, and while I will never attempt most of the things they’ve done, it’s awesome to see how the human mind and body can conquer huge challenges over incredible distances. In the first Season of Boundless, Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock and Simon Donato take on 8 adventure races all around the world, including Ironman Phuket, Fire and Ice 250k Ultra, The Four Deserts Sahara Race 250k, and The Amazing Maasai 75k Ultra. While not every race is a great one, Turbo and Simon push themselves to limits they’ve never experienced before and learn that sometimes just finishing a race can make you feel like a winner. Boundless Season 2 is currently in the works and will launch next year. Can’t wait!
These are just a few inspirational people who came to mind while writing this post, but I know there are hundreds, probably thousands more people who are running and being active everyday to inspire others to do the same! If you’re looking for some motivation, take a deeper look at these 4 stories because I promise they won’t disappoint!
Who inspires YOU to run? Let me know in the comments below. Happy Running!