“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”
-From a 1990 Nike advertisement
One of my all time favorite running quotes from a time when Nike was known for innovative advertising that seemed about changing world perceptions of sport than simply selling shoes.
We sometimes forget that running is one of the most elementary and lost-costs sports in the world. It requires no special training, expensive equipment, or exclusive facilities. Lace up your shoes, go outside and you’re a runner. Look around at your next race and notice the diversity of runners. And while running is a lot about breaking down barriers of mind and body from within, running also breaks down barriers of sex, race, nationality and economic status imposed upon us from society.
Perhaps the best thing about running is the stop watch plays no favorites.