Vince Lombardi?s famous saying ?Winning isn?t the most important thing. It?s
the only thing? is unfortunately the motto of too many athletes today.
far, winning isn?t the only thing. Putting everything you have and giving one hundred
who comes in first but only gave some effort. Over the years many teams have lost
Last month at the Erie Mayors Cup 10K and 5K race, competitors from around
the tri-state area were in competition. Trophies and plaques were to be awarded to the
first, second and third place runners. A 10K is a 6.2 mile long race across the
streets of downtown Erie in 85 degree heat and humidity. Runners who are running in
to mention surviving in grueling temperatures and humidity. Great Olympic and Boston
Marathon runners have dropped out of a 10K due to it?s intense strain. I was on hand to
runners who put every day into running and run every race. Soon after these runners had
crossed the finish line and been handed their trophies, the last runner in the race came
through the finish line with his hands in the air and to thunderous applause. He was 87
years old, and had taken up the sport after his doctors told him he had a cholesterol
problem when he was 67.
would have listened to Vince Lombardi and say ?Oh, I can?t win, their are professional
The most important thing is for all who participate is to have fun and do it with
pride and determination, to set a goal and reach it. Two good sayings that contradict
Vince Lomabardi state…?It doesn?t matter if you win or lose, it?s how you play the game?