Hebrews 12:1-3New International Version (NIV)12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Commit these words to memory as a reminder that God does not leave us to run the race of life alone. He also does not leave us without the powerful examples of real people who were as human and imperfect as we are, yet we are blessed by God to live with incredible faith and purpose." - Pam Ausenhus ( I found this quote in devo. Wow! This is actually what I experience at the St. Jude Memphis Marathon with Sheila Spencer! )