This was written by Scott Cameron, one of my forum friends. It's a good read and puts things in perspective.
World Population: 6,602,224,175 (July 2007 est.) (6 billion)
Runners, walkers and wheelers are very nice people as are the volunteers and organizers for the very most part.
It is always very interesting meeting such people from all over the world or from around the block when at a race.
All I have met get along with each other regardless of their disposition.
I just heard on the news that one country, the USA, has spent $ 300,000,000,000 ($ 300 billion) on the war in Iraq. No doubt other countries have spent considerable dollars as well, including Iraq.
Imagine if we took $ 300,000,000,000 we could buy 3,000,000,000 (3 billion) pairs of $ 100 running shoes.
If we bought $ 50 shoes we would have 6,000,000,000 (6 billion) pairs of shoes. This would be more than enough pairs of shoes for every person in the world to run, walk and wheel together.
If each runner, walker and wheeler brought their own piece of fruit, bagel and water the 6 billion of us could get together for a great post race party all the while looking forward to the next race.
After the post race party...then what?
Plan for the next run, walk, wheel event or go back to war?
Remembrance Day > 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day. There are also some running events going on at the same time throughout the world ... and some wars.
Run, walk, wheel - not war. Imagine if it was that simple.