At its very core, the marathon is about overcoming. The spirit of the marathon burns inside the people who run it. Most will have another opportunity to take on the marathon and they'll get to cross the line and revel in their accomplishment at another event or in Boston next year. Some won't, and that is truly tragic.
James is a accomplished pessimist, marathon runner and dad. He currently lives in Toronto's east end with his wife and two kids.
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