Running with a mission

ribbonsA couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about finding inspiration on the sidelines of a running route. If inspirational signs aren’t your thing, keep an eye out for the display in front of the Peachtree Road Methodist United Church, about a mile into the course on the right.

The “Prayers for Peace” display features yellow, blue and green ribbons and memorial dog tags listing the names of each of the more than 6,400 American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans who are members of the church’s congregation hung the ribbons this past weekend, and the display will be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. You can read more about the display here.

The ribbons have special meaning when you consider the servicemen and women who run their own versions of the PRR while they’re stationed overseas. Even looking at photos of last year’s runs in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan is pretty inspiring. In fact, if you know — or you are — a soldier running the race in another country this year, be sure to submit your photos.

There are lots of reasons to run, and doing it in honor — or in memory — of soldiers fighting for us is a pretty great one.  I know I’m going to keep an eye out for the ribbons in front of the church during the race, and I have a feeling it’ll give me a little boost.

Who do you run for?

8 comments Add your comment

DHD

June 28th, 2011
6:17 pm

Gen Neyland

June 29th, 2011
5:47 am

The word is motivation. It originates from sources internal and/or external. From personal causes to a shared commitment.

The ‘Why’ I run is always evolving, at least, it does for me.
The ‘Who’ is a list of those I’ve known and loved, and thousands I’ll never meet. When I hit a rough patch, I sometimes think of those that jumped on
D-Day or those that ran up a beach on that day’s morning light, or those that pack 80+ lbs of hardware in 100+ degrees of desert heat. Motivation is always there, just gotta find it…

sladersaan

June 29th, 2011
7:46 am

God blessed me with a gift of endurance, speed and love for the sport. I run for Him. It is a talent I should not bury. I will again run with the top seeded runners and am thankful for the ability to do so.

Greg

June 29th, 2011
8:01 am

I run for the challenge and the competition. I run for the health benefits and the “runner’s high.”

Gen Neyland

June 29th, 2011
9:20 pm

sladersaan : You could find a cause and a purpose that benefits those that don’t have your natural ability. There are tons of runs that need your spirit and talents. I hope you persue some and if you already have, a tip of the cap…

Sharon

July 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

As a former soldier and a mother of Purple Heart recipient – the display will mean a great deal to me and I will run to honor my son, SPC James Price and for those who can’t run anymore.

Annie

July 1st, 2011
8:34 pm

I run for health benefits and FUN!!!!

Capt. Ewing

July 2nd, 2011
9:30 am

I run for all those running the Peachtree in the sand. Believe me they would rather be running here with us. Fly, Fight, Win!