As runners, we are competitive. Whether you line up on race day in hopes of crossing the finish line first or push your pace for the reward of a personal record, running naturally sparks our competitive spirit.
As women, we are kind. We take care of those around us and often lend a helping hand to those in need.
So is it possible to combine a competitive nature with a kind heart? The answer: ABSOLUTELY! As demonstrated by high school track star Meghan Vogel at the Ohio state meet earlier this month, the synthesis of compassion and drive is extraordinary. Vogel won the 1600 meter state title before competing in the 3200 meter race, where fellow competitor Arden McMath dropped to the ground a few meters short of the finish line. Vogel ran to McMath’s side where she guided her to the finish line, allowing McMath to finish ahead of herself. When asked why she came to McMath’s aid, Vogel told WDTN News, “If you work to get to the state meet, you deserve to finish no matter who you are. I was going to make that happen for her no matter what.”
Check out the video below to see Vogel’s story and witness the beauty of human kindness in action:
We’re curious – how have you experienced or demonstrated the kindness of runners?
FILED UNDER: Girlfriend's Guide to Running / Inspiration / News TAGS: 2012 Ohio State High School Track Meet / Arden McMath / Kindness of Runners / Megan Vogel / Women's Running / Women's Running magazine