"They which run in a race ..."

Where there is a barrier, there is a challenge to it. And age is one of the barriers people are challenging more vigorously than ever. For instance, Carl Oates is a sprinter in Masters track and field, which to him simply means that he had "a thirty-five- or forty-year layoff" since the last track event in which he took part. In the years that intervened, Carl learned some lessons about prayer and brotherhood—timeless resources he brings to the events he runs.

What are the time frames for the races in which you compete? For example, last year I ran a 55-meter indoor race at the Eugene, Oregon, Indoor in 8.1 seconds. My time at this point in the 100 meters is about 14.8 or 14.9 seconds. The 200 meter is more of a challenge for me. So I usually call it exercise, and I run it in about 31 seconds.

"Fear is wasted energy"
May 31, 1993

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