Photo credit: Jennifer Meckles, KSDK-TV

Please take a minute to read a very special article from Runner’s World.

I ran the short (5k) track at this race in Forest Park this past Saturday and saw this runner pushing his son (albeit briefly; our courses were different). I’m so thrilled to see this story gain national attention.

This story represents so much what I love about the running community. I’ve never seen such sincere, enthusiastic, and generous support from a group of people who really don’t even know each other. Seriously. If a runner is rocking a race, there is collective cheering and high-fiving. If someone is hurt or injured, there is immediate help. If someone is struggling or running out of gas, there is “you got this!” encouragement. If there’s a man who is unable to fulfill his ailing child’s wish to experience a Disney Marathon in person, there is an organized effort to bring Disney to him.

Running truly represents the best of people. And I’m tremendously proud of what our local running community did for this family.

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