I don't mean to hijack the thread here but I did want to highlight Jason's run because it is so different in almost every way.
Reading more about Jason Romero... he's legally blind, and sometimes runs with his own "Wilson" volleyball to keep from getting lonely.
The article even talks about his fast running through Manhattan. He can't run at night because of the vision.. Quoting from the article:
Romero crossed into New York City on the evening of May 23, almost exactly 60 days after beginning his journey.
â€œThe sun was about to go down, and my headlamp was dead,â€ he says. â€œI was pushing seven-minute miles trying to get it done before darkâ€”sprinting against traffic, dodging cars, potholes and people. When I finally got to City Hall, I was numb.â€
The building had already closed for the day, but several representatives from the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes convinced the police officers to let Romero through the gates, so he could climb the steps and officially finish his run.
â€œI experienced a lot of overwhelming kindness during this journey,â€ he says, â€œand I think that is something we should all aspire to.â€
Besides the feel-good story of a person overcoming odds to do this, there's also a lack of pretentiousness to the whole thing. It's not peppered with "I'm doing it for the children" or anything like that. Here is a person honest about overcoming his own personal challenges to do something extraordinary. Fun story, huge contrast!