You Only Have One First Time
“Usually it’s not in our policy to have the best marathon runners. We are more focused on the mass, the 49,999 people running, except for a Bekele. But we had the opportunity to have him for his first marathon, and you only have one first time, and so it was a great opportunity and that is why we decided to change our policy.”
– Paris Marathon race director Thibault Vellard, talking to the New York Times, which devoted 1,264 words to Bekele’s marathon debut tomorrow in Paris.
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