A TRIB­UTE

Runner's World South Africa - - The Loop -

I ran this year’s Knysna Half Marathon in sup­port of lo­cals liv­ing in a community that had been dev­as­tated by fire. But I also did it in mem­ory of a special friend, Bar­bara, who passed away ear­lier this year. Bar­bara and I go back a long way: she’s been a stand- in mother, men­tor, gym in­struc­tor, and she had a pos­i­tive spirit. She never let age de­fine her, and she al­ways looked im­mac­u­late. Run­ning along those burnt but still beau­ti­ful hills, I thought of Bar­bara, who would’ve cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day this year. Out of the ashes, the in­cred­i­ble hu­man spirit rises, and the re­wards of a healthy body and mind are lim­it­less. – STEPHANIE KRUGER, CAPE TOWN

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