In less than two weeks Tucson’s Abdi Abdirahman will compete in the Honolulu Marathon for the first time. Due to the marketplace of marathons, it has been more than a quarter century since a top American male has come to Honolulu to race. So as Honolulu prepares for its December 8th onslaught, and the nation as a whole celebrates what many believe to be her most endearing holiday (before going off the rails again on Black Friday), I thought we’d go back a few years to a trip I made to Tucson in 2007 as Abdi prepared for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in New York City.
Though I had known and covered Abdirahman for many years, what I learned during that visit didn’t just reveal the character of the man, through him it reminded me of the character of the country he now calls home. Perhaps it’s a reminder we all need to hear during this time of Thanksgiving. (more…)