After watching Sunday's marathon runners, a streaming flow of goodwill toward humanity, going past my window and then skimming through those 13,390 names listed in your June 17 edition, I have to write to say that my heart overflows with the warmest of feelings.
It makes me realize we should not seize only on the bad things we humans do to each other but to remember events such as the Manitoba Marathon, where thousands stretch beyond themselves for a good cause.
The past few years, it has been my custom to watch the Manitoba Marathon in front of a friend's house on Wolseley Avenue. As I cheer and encourage the runners from the sidelines, I am filled with a sense of pride and admiration and I find myself wondering what brought these runners to this very place at this very time to attempt this amazing feat.
The training, discipline and determination needed to do this fills me with a sense of awe. My curiosity wishes I could run alongside some of the runners and hear their stories.
Are they running for reasons of celebration, personal goals, loss, memoriams or being with friends? The list could go on and on. Whatever the reason, I salute you all. On Marathon Sunday, I am especially proud to be a Winnipegger.