It's Always Too Soon To Quit
This Friday, July 23, 2021, the 2020 Olympics will begin in Tokyo, Japan. It's been a long year for all the athletes participating, yet their stories and achievements will inspire us to have a spirit of tenacity through tough times.
Japanese Marathon Runner Shizo Kanakuri competed in the domestic qualifying trials for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Karakuri set a marathon world record and was selected as one of the only two athletes that Japan could afford to send to the event that year.
However, Kanakuri shockingly disappeared during the 1912 Olympic marathon race. He had had a rough 18-day-long trip to Stockholm, first by ship and then by train all through the Trans-Siberian Railway, and needed five days to recover for the race. Karakuri, weakened by the long journey from Japan, lost consciousness midway through the race, and was cared for by a local family. Being embarrassed from his "failure", he returned to Japan without notifying race officials.
Swedish authorities considered him missing for 50 years before discovering that he was living in Japan. In 1967, he was offered the opportunity to complete his run. He accepted and completed the marathon in 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds, remarking, "It was a long trip. Along the way, I got married, had six children and 10 grandchildren."
Remember, it's always too soon to quit.
See you on Sunday!