“On Sunday, November 5th, I had the privilege of participating in the 46th running of the world-famous New York City Marathon, along with nearly 51,000 other runners from around the world. The mood in NYC that morning was electric, as runners from all corners of the globe took to the streets to cover all five boroughs of the Big Apple, eventually finishing in Central Park. In addition to all of the runners, it is estimated that 1 million spectators lined the route.
While the magnitude of the race cannot be overstated, the true joy in the event was seeing my hard work pay off. I have been running for about 8 years, slowly moving up from local 5K races, to regional 10K races, to eventually completing more than a dozen half-marathons (13.1 miles). However, this was my first endeavor to complete a full marathon (26.2 miles). The training is all-consuming. During my many months of training, I ran in temperatures over 100 degrees with 90% humidity. I ran in pouring rain. I ran when I was tired. I ran when I was sad. I ran when I was happy. I ran when I just wanted to come home and watch TV. I ran because running the NYC marathon was something that I had never thought I could accomplish. Everyone in a marathon has their reasons for running; for some, it’s to overcome a disability, and for others, it’s to run in memory of a loved one. Some simply like the joy of the challenge.
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That is the beauty of running a marathon: on that cold and rainy day in New York, there was no black or white, no man or woman, no gay or straight, no American or foreigner. Everyone is the same on a course that lives to make you fight for every step. The agony of the run is only surpassed by the emotional hugs and high-fives that you give each other as you receive your completion medal. As I sat on the side of the building reflecting on the months of hard work and the hundreds of miles of training, all I could think about (other than what was for dinner) was how amazing it all was. If a guy from the southern Mississippi countryside could work hard and run in the world’s largest marathon, then anything is possible. It made me proud to run in honor of all of those who, because of a physical or mental disability, could not.”
Scott Bishop is a personal injury attorney for Morris Bart, LLC, and works with our Mississippi offices. We are very proud of his impressive accomplishments athletically, and also within the Morris Bart community.