Stops to help, goes on to win

Elise Amendola/AP

Elise Amendola/AP

Just a quick post about yesterday's Boston Marathon women's winner, Desiree Linden. She's the first American winner since the mid-eighties. But that's not what caught my eye about this story. Early on in the race, she stopped to help out fellow elite runner, Shalene Flanagan

Flanagan stopped to use the port-a-potty and Linden held back to run with her and make sure she got back in with the leading pack. Linden told Flanagan she wasn't sure if she would even finish with the weather being so crappy, so if there was anything Flanagan needed, just let her know. At that point in the race, Linden thought she may not continue let alone win the race!

I thought that showed such sportsmanship and just basic kindness.

There are a number of beautiful lessons in there that I am definitely going to dwell on over the next few days:

  • We all benefit when we stop to help one another.
  • It's never over.
  • No, really, it's never over. When in doubt, just keep going.

Here's the parting shot: stopping to support Flanagan cost Linden 10 to 15 seconds, she won by over four minutes.