Without a doubt, my favorite part of this gig is hearing stories like this one, from first-time marathoner Scott. We posted it on Facebook earlier, but I wanted to share it here too.
On Sunday I ran my first marathon, and I wanted to thank you. 15 miles in, my knee started hurting; by 20 miles I thought I was never going to finish. Somehow I dug deep and hobbled my way to mile 25.
As I was half running, half limping, I came upon a fellow runner wearing a No Meat Athlete shirt named Felipe. He was walking, so I slowed down to compliment him on his shirt. As soon as he saw my shirt, he stopped walking and started running with me, and explained he had tweaked his knee a few miles back and couldn’t find the motivation to start running again, until we met. We ran the last mile all out together and crossed the finish line with arms raised and proud of our shirts and accomplishment.
Thank you for bringing together runners that share a common thread, your shirts helped me and Felipe share the last push across the finish line together.
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P.S. — Did you hear Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona is offering a discount on registration for No Meat Athlete readers? We’ll have a tent at the finish, too, with vegan treats for anyone who shows up in their NMA shirt. Check it out here.