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Marathon Tomb Speech

New AIMS President, Paco Borao (Valencia) gives stirring address to Marathon World at Flame Lighting Ceremony, Battle of Marathon Warriors' Tomb, Marathon, Greece. Attended, reported by STWM Race Director, Alan Brookes...

Dear friends,

This year again, standing before you, the emotion coming from the back is stronger, deeper… Like if all these soldiers buried here were trying to insist on the legacy they left behind them…

Life is not easy, in fact it has never been, and at certain periods like the one we are lately living, life becomes even more difficult…

Fighting for survival, looking for peace and well being, creating hope, have always been and remain permanent objectives for human-beings…

To perform these tasks, to move towards a better future, we need legends, as legends often work as powerful triggers, inserting in our bodies the energy needed to keep going, looking for new highs…

Sport is obviously not an overall solution, but sport has been and still is the perfect tool which enables us to get the strength, the willingness and the trust to fight for a better life, and at the same time to play an important role towards global values as peace, friendship and solidarity.

Running, maybe the simplest, easiest and cheapest sportive activity, is today's providing to all age citizens the physical preparation and the mental conviction needed to feel proud of themselves and ready to face the challenges that life puts in front of us… Moreover, thru the network of running organizations, runners help each other thru several social projects making our sport the best example of human solidarity.

Pheidippides legend is giving gives to each one of us the opportunity of looking for new challenges, improving our health and committing our minds to look for well being. And we know that by keeping this legend alive our sport works on the right direction.

Thanks to the whole Greek people for having taken so much care on maintaining the flame of this legend …

Paco Borao
Athens, 29 October 2010

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