Speed and Endurance
On a cool and sunny Saturday morning he entered his corral in a field of 857 runners and eventually worked his way through a difficult, winding and climbing twenty-one kilometer course. Shaking off the urge to fly past other runners while climbing the mountain road and surviving the somewhat dangerous stairs and slopes of the Great Wall of China, he established a quick pace and maintained it throughout the paved-road portion, the gravel path and the dirt road village, and back again on the paved road.
It’s an impressive feat of speed and endurance he demonstrated. After the race was completed he said, “the wall was the part that gave me the most worry because the hundreds of steps could have tired out my joints and because some steps had the potential for slips and falls.” The rest of the field of runners approached the wall with caution and they showed concern for each other. He observed that a lot of runners did not rush too quickly down the stairs, which could have potentially caused injury to others. Once he landed on the paved road he felt the rest of the race was his to conquer and he maintained his quick pace.
Mr. Gray completed the race in a very competitive time of 2 hours and 12 minutes, only 19 minutes behind the first place finisher. In the field of 857 runners he finished 67th overall and in the top ten percent of all runners.
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