The Change in Challenge

November 17, 2014 9:05 PM

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For most people tackling a physical challenge that exceeds (what they believe to be) their body's limitations is a daunting thought. Ask most people about running a marathon, a mud run or hiking a mountain and they'll quickly tell you, "Oh, I could never do that." Not only do these tasks present a physical challenge, but an emotional one as well. Fear of failure, pain, accountability or being among superior athletes stops most people from even lacing up their shoes. But often times these fears are unfounded, and what people find is that inspiration, support, integrity and inner strength are the true results of meeting that challenge.

Every year more than 400 people gather at the Empire State Building to take part in a grueling run up the building's 1,576 steps. Last year I was one of those people, churning my legs, gasping for air and climbing higher and higher above the city skyline. What I always remember about that day was no...

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