The Race of Life

©2012 Edward C. Lunnon

Wednesday 18 January 2012: 5 years 4 months on … Deuce


My speech at the prize-giving at the Run/Walk in the Parks road race events held on Saturday 14 January 2012 at Grey Junior School, Port Elizabeth:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, and especially the busload of 20 athletes from Graaff-Reinet.

Imagine, if you will, the Race of Life.

Like today’s race and any other road race, it begins with a registration form and the allocation of a number, which you keep with you for the entire duration of your life.

At the completion of Life’s race, a death certificate, like a medal, is issued to indicate that the race is finished.

For some, it’s a longer race and for others a very much shorter race. For all, like the song says, it’s a winding road.

There are uphills and downhills, watering points, potholes and stumbling points; sometimes you race in groups and other times you are all by yourself.

Some people appear to do it so easily – they just sail through it; others have great difficulties and obstacles to overcome along the way. It’s not just plain sailing for them.

What is important, however, is that as participants in the race we need to enjoy every step of the way, from start to finish, put in all we’ve got and above all, have fun – because all too soon it is over!

I hope that you have all had fun today.

I received a note yesterday from a friend which read “I am encouraging my friends to run your race on Saturday.”

Most healthy people have no idea what it is like to run my race or the race that so many people with special needs run each day. That is what today has been about – raising awareness about people whose race is just a little bit more difficult than your own.

So next time you brush your teeth or don your running shoes or just go for a walk in the park, please spare a thought for those of us who are challenged to do like wise!

Thank you for being here today.

Thanks to Loines, Colleen and their team for all the hard work in organising this event and to the Headmaster and Rector of the Grey Schools for the use of their facilities.

Thanks to all the many sponsors whom Alec has mentioned.

By your participation in this event today, you have not only helped raise awareness about the special needs of so many people, but you have also contributed financially to making our life’s journey that much easier.

I am humbled by your support and thank you most sincerely for that.

I hope and pray that this time next year, in 2013, we may all be here again, and that Loines’s vision of making this, the ED Lunnon Walk/Run in the Parks, an annual event, will come to fruition.

Thank you!