Running the Race

My Fathers Day inspirational story feature. Credits to fancyboyproductions. I hate to say it, but this video made my eyes teary.

 Happy fathers day to all the dads out there!

In one of the most memorable races in Olympic history, Derek Redmond of Great Britain finishes his 400m Semi-Final crying on the shoulder of his father. He tore his hamstring during the race and fell on the ground in pain.

But he was determined to finish his race. He got up and continued running on the tracks while limping. He was badly injured, so his father pushed through the crowds to come and help him. They finished the race together with over 65,000 people clapping on standing ovation.

Derek was last in the race, but first in the hearts of many. That was 1992, and nobody remembers now who won the gold during that race. But Derek Redmond’s name and his father will be remembered forever for this inspiring triumph.

9 Responses to “Running the Race”

  1. 1 Lau
    June 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This got me sobbing as well. So inspiring. I think i will always have to watch this video whenever my spirit is down. Thanks for posting.


  2. 2 Earl
    June 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Derek’s dad could have called for an emergency team to tend his broken hamstring but he didn’t. He knew that a race does not necessarily mean finishing first – it’s about finishing the whole course. Sometimes fathers push their kids to finish a necessary goal.

    Happy Father’s Day!


  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    June 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Lau, Sorry for making you sob, but thanks for dropping by!

    Hi EARL, yup… life is not about who won the gold. It’s about how you played the game. Thanks for the greetings!


  4. June 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Happy fathers day nels!
    vulnerable ako pag mga daddy ang issue..


  5. June 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    This is really an inspiring video… though its kinda opposite of my life experience since I have never experience how it feels like having a father who is there for me through good times and bad times. Its a long story but I don’t want to continue it kasi masasaktan lang ako. I just wish my father is like Derek’s father. 😦


  6. June 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

    This brought me tears, and it’s really a story worth watching. You should watch the video about a handicapped man who was carried by his old father through the racetrack and through the ocean (it was a world tournament/race around the world) just so that his son can live his dreams.


  7. 8 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    yay, kakainggit nman si Derek, samantalang father ko, walang paki alam sa akin…


  8. June 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    yes you’re right Sir Nelson 🙂 and get that fatherly love through my hubby.


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