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  • Writer's pictureAnna Leone

Be determined to finish your race.

Being steadfast in our commitments means choosing to run your race, reacting to difficulties with resilience, and persevering until the end. Consider the story of Shizo Kanakuri, the Japanese Olympian who "vanished" midrace in 1912 and crossed the finish line 54 years later.


Despite high hopes, Kanakuri’s journey was fraught with challenges. After a grueling journey to Stockholm, he struggled with the heat and humidity during the marathon and collapsed after 16 miles. A Swedish family cared for him, but he returned to Japan quietly in shame, leaving Swedish officials to believe he was missing for nearly 50 years.



In 1967, Kanakuri returned to Stockholm to complete the race, finishing with a time of 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes, and 20.3 seconds. His determination to finish, despite the long delay, serves as a powerful lesson.


Here’s the takeaway: Be determined. Stand firm in your goals amidst life’s challenges. Whether your guiding principles come from faith, personal values, or a commitment to a cause, let them anchor you. Our call is to persevere, reflecting positivity and resilience, and trusting in the journey. Like Kanakuri, let’s run our race with endurance, knowing that the journey itself, and the growth we experience along the way, is its own reward.

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