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.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘R un Forrest, Run!

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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