It takes a special person to decide to do something that’s never been done before. Call it a stunt, call it crazy, but when someone decides to break away and follow their own path, it is brave. There are no guide books for what you will encounter on the journey and how to react to each situation. Along the way, there are bound to be people who know and love you who will try to get you to change your mind, to take the safer, more traveled road and just do what everyone else does.
But Mark Twain, I think, said if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. When you want to get a new result you have to try something different, even if it’s never been done before.
A few days ago, the London marathon happened. Running aficionados from all over the world tuned it to watch and celebrate as Kenyan runner Mary Keitany broke the world record for the fastest female marathon, completing the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 1 second. That means she ran an average pace of 5.2 minutes per mile for the entire race. That’s never been done before.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer entered to run the Boston marathon except she registered as K. Switzer because it was a men’s only race. When race officials realized there was a female (yikes) on the course, they tried to stop her, one official even running in to drag her out of the pack.
In 1974, when the rules changed, she ran it again and became the first woman to officially enter the marathon. Last week on Patriots Day, Switzer ran the race again to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her trailblazing attempt. Read her story here
But back to the London marathon this past Sunday. After the fast and even the slow runners had finished and posed for their pictures, after the post-run bagels were consumed and everyone went back to their normal lives, one man remained on the course. Well, to be fair, he doesn’t look like a man.
Police Officer, Tom Harry donned a gorilla suit and decided to crawl the 26.2 mile course to raise money for an organization that supports you guessed it, gorillas. He started on Sunday and four days later, he’s still crawling gorilla-style. He’s expected to finish sometime on Thursday or Friday. He’s been tweeting his journey under the handle @MrGorilla. Check out his pictures.
How fast can gorillas go? Who knows. But this particular gorilla isn’t focused on the destination – he’s enjoying the journey and raising some awareness and some support while he’s at it.
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