Running Isn’t Racist

Runners on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon, November 3, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
A sadly misguided attack on one of the simplest, most universal activities known to man misses the point.


When I’m running, that’s about the most annoying thing that happens to me: Some smartass hooligan shouts the famous line from Forrest Gump at me. He usually doesn’t expect me to heckle back, but I almost always do. “Haven’t heard that one before!” is my stock response. It comes so quickly now that it’s a reflex almost as natural as running itself, after training and competing as a serious long-distance runner for half of my life.

Of course, not everyone is as lucky as I am. On February 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a young man about my age, was shot


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