Friends, fam­ily in­spire run­ners

In­spi­ra­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - CLASSIFIEDS - Jon Gar­rett was en­cour­aged by a 40-year-old who said if he beat Gar­rett, he’d re­cover and chal­lenge Gar­rett again . Con­tin­ued from Con­tact Pam Leblanc at 445-3994. Patty Trim­ble with her medal and race num­ber from the Ot­tawa Marathon 2012. CONTRIBUTED Cla

Marathon one year. I’d been hav­ing stom­ach cramps for sev­eral miles, and an­other wave of nau­sea broke just as she passed. I groaned and slowed to a walk. She stopped, turned around, and said, ‘Nope, not gonna just run by. Come on, let’s go — we’re go­ing to fin­ish to­gether.’ We did. When I turned around to thank her at the fin­ish line, she was gone.” — Kim Smith Un­ber­ha­gen

“At ap­prox­i­mately mile 18 of the Ot­tawa Marathon this past May, there was a mo­ti­va­tional speaker on a stage at the water stop, and he was the great­est cheer­leader you could ever imag­ine. He just kept say­ing, ‘You were meant to be here to­day, you are blessed, you are strong.’ A dude who pulled in for Ga­torade next to me said, ‘I’m go­ing to cry now.’ We both did.” — Patty Trim­ble

“In the Live­strong Austin Half Marathon last year, a can­cer sur­vivor had a sign that said ‘You’re run­ning for me.’ See­ing that gave me a whole new per­spec­tive.” — An­gela Rus­sell

“You didn’t come to New York to walk, did you?” — Peter Dolan

“Do you want to SAG? Some­where around 65 miles into a 100-plus mile ride at the ACA Hill Coun­try Clas­sic ... on my moun­tain bike. I rode hard to make the cut­off, so I could do the 100-mile route. Some miles later and I started to cramp up. Kept push­ing on, but by this time I was rid­ing by my­self, pretty sure I was last. Sure enough, a vol­un­teer in a truck is wait­ing by a course di­rec­tion sign and of­fers to call the SAG if I want. I just put my head down, said ‘no thanks’ and kept go­ing. I felt bad for him hav­ing to wait at each sign for me, so I kicked it up a notch. I think he was a bit an­noyed wait­ing for me at first, but by the end he was giv­ing me ku­dos for tough­ing it out. What a great ride.” — Clark Stringer

“It’s bet­ter than a hospi­tal bed!” — Kim Meyer (af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a stroke, to her friend who was re­cov­er­ing from a bike crash)

“It doesn’t have to be pretty, you just have to fin­ish.” — Stacy Phillips

“I’m 40, Gar­rett. If I pass you up, I’m go­ing to run you un­til I can’t run any­more and then when I re­cover I’m go­ing to run you again.” — Jon Gar­rett

“Mile 8 of the 3M Half Marathon last year I wanted a ride to the fin­ish. I couldn’t go on, when all of a sud­den there was a man play­ing gui­tar singing about trains. My mom, who passed away eight years ago, was a train ex­pert. I’d say that was di­vine in­ter­ven­tion!” — Kat Greene

“Be­fore the race, my hus­band said, ‘I’ll be dis­ap­pointed in you if you don’t run the whole thing.’ Those words kept swirling around in my deliri­ous mind the last mile, but they kept my feet mov­ing and I fin­ished well!” — Karissa Hens­ley Korne­gay

“‘Awe­some, you’re al­most there!’ Yes, it was that sim­ple.” — Marvin Jansen

“There’s beer at the fin­ish line.” — Rafael Mar­quez

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Laura Jones (left) and Stacy Phillips at the fin­ish of the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.

CONTRIBUTED

Kim Meyer and Kris­ten Theiler bik­ing the Wil­low City Loop west of Austin.

Marvin Jansen at the fin­ish of the 2011 Chicago Marathon.

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