"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.' The human spirit is indomitable."

--  Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile

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Chicago in 2001 motivated me to do another marathon. Why? Because I ended up twenty-six seconds over the four hour mark. San Diego in 2002 was a beautiful day for running. It felt good. And I beat the four hour mark! Time: 3:57:46. (When one starts the race deep in the midst of the crowd, the finish line clock time is never one's actual race time.)

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you ain't going to find dennis maust in THAT crowd!
there's dennis maust! quit looking at the ground
ahhhh! the finish line for dennis maust
dennis maust gets a medal