Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.
PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there's not really a reason, it's just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.
To know you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner.
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.
Michael Johnson, American sprinter and Olympic gold medal winner
I run because it's so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought.
Arthur Blank, American businessman
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Jesse Owens, American track and field athlete and Olympic gold medal winner
Running has the power to change your life. It will make you fitter, healthier, even happier.
Selene Yeager, "Let's Get Started," May 2010 issue of Runner's World n and a co-founder of Home Depot