Winning Isn’t Everything

Dec 19, 2011
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Last week, the annual Honolulu Marathon took place. Out of all of the hundreds of racers, one name took the spotlight – Wakana Ueda. Wakana is just 11 years old, from Japan and is also blind. Last Sunday’s race was her first marathon. She crossed the finish line after 14 hours, 3 minutes and 12 seconds on the course. Her time may not be put into any record books, but finishing the marathon is a tremendous accomplishment.

During the 14 hours, Wakana almost dropped out due to physical exhaustion. “Before the halfway mark, her leg was cramping up, and she was thinking about quitting many times,” – Wakana’s mother. But because the team supported her, she was able to finish.

Wakana crossed the finish line as she listened to her mother chanting her name, and she immediately embraced her mother with tears in her eyes.

Author: Jenny Carlton


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