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Thousands of runners from more than a dozen countries pounded the Island’s roads over the weekend.

They were all ages, all sizes and all abilities — personal bests were set, injuries sustained, memories were made.

In each other’s eyes they were also all equal. There was genuine joy at the performance of the winners — white, black, man, woman, Russian, Kenyan, it did not matter.

Neither did those who excelled in the races neglect those who did not have the stamina or strength to compete with the winners. At the finishing line, whoops of encouragement went out to everyone in equal measure.

This newspaper also witnessed a white American woman help a badly injured black woman — who was determined to finish come what may. She was also helped by a black woman who had stopped running her own race to assist.

It also witnessed coaches, who had finished their race, backtracking along the course to run with teammates who needed some encouragement.

In their eyes, the competitors in the International Race Weekend events were all equal no matter race, creed or religion. How refreshing, and this newspaper salutes you all.

Sport can act as a catalyst to build bridges and help cure some of our social ills. It may be time for this Island to further invest in sport — but carefully and wisely so as to build bridges from the grassroots up.

Runners take part in the 10K. They were all inspirational.

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Published January 21, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm)


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