Mile Markers

October 13, 2014 7:36 PM

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Mile Markers

It is autumn in New York and the marathon season is upon us. The warm summer haze is now a clear blue skyline against the glass of the rising buildings. The cooling weather always signals that the mile markers of the marathon will soon appear throughout the city. The weekend escapes that have left the the boroughs quieter in the summer months have been replaced by the full noises of life. So we readily cheer the runners that line the starting point who have woken in the early morning to take ferries and buses and cars to run for hours sometimes into night, to finish the goals they have set. It is a good reminder of how we live our lives. A marathon might at first seem like an individual sport, but behind every runners ability there is always someone who helps them in reaching their goals.

In a marathon there are no home teams with jerseys to wear, no decades of dynastic rivalries, and so we cheer for the individual who runs by us for the moment because we know that support is strength. Sometimes runners will choose to wear a shirt with their names emblazoned on the front. The runners...

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