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Coed Marathon Held in Pakistan

January 16th 2007

As I read the newspaper this past Sunday, the headline Coed Marathon Run in Pakistan caught my eye.

I read the story, and although it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s uncommon to see men and women running in a marathon in Pakistan, it was still hard to imagine these beliefs still exists in other country and how lucky we are as a country to have the freedom to experience so many things that we many times take for granted.

A spokesman for a group who held a rally against the marathon said, “such sports events are aimed at spreading obscenity.” As I shared earlier, it’s hard to imagine these beliefs exist today, especially when directed at sports.

Just this past weekend, my wife and I were having a discussion during our daughter’s co-ed basketball game on how there are so many positives our daughter gains from playing sports. Just a few things we believe she’s picked up this basketball season are what it means to play as a team; how to share (pass) the basketball with her teammates; how to communicate with her teammates; and the meaning of sportsmanship.

Many times we hear how we should be thankful for the freedoms, simple pleasures, and life we have the opportunity to live, but how many times do we stop and sincerely appreciate and give thanks?

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Ron Goch,
The Telios Group
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