By Ellen Nason
Thousands of supporters and volunteers cheered on the 24,000 competitors who participated in several events as part of the Humana San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on Dec. 6-7.
The winners of the men’s and women’s marathon, Jacob Buhler and Elizabeth Howard, are San Antonio residents, but other race participants came to the city from all 50 states and several countries.
Some were running their first race and some have been running for years. Some were young and some were living young at 80-plus. Some were in wheelchairs or running on prosthetic legs. Some were cancer survivors. But they all shared a commitment to better health and well-being, determination to overcome challenges and the perseverance to log hundreds of miles and hours of training time. All were inspiring.
“You have this tremendous turnout from people who are interested in staying active, running is part of it … I want to continue to be part of it and work with the next generation so we raise the fitness level and the health level in this country,” said Jim Ryun, Olympic champion and running legend.
“It’s not about just the marathon … it’s about all the events – being able to cycle … do a 10K,” said Humana Vice President Pattie Dale Tye, who participated in the half-marathon along with Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard. “It’s about being able to volunteer in this community. There’s something for everyone.”
Watch the video above to get a glimpse of the joy, pride and fun shared by those who ran and those who cheered them on.