Run Your Race – Part 3
Run Your Race – Part 3
Wesley Korir is a Kenyan citizen and a US resident that is emerging as a marathon superstar. He has won the LA Marathon twice, the Boston Marathon once and has run under 2:07 twice at the Chicago Marathon. But his focus is more than running – it is being obedient to God and to serve the less fortunate in his home country of Kenya.
Parts 1 and 2 of this “Run Your Race” series featured Eric Liddell of “Chariots of Fire” fame and Ryan Hall, America’s fastest marathoner. You can read Part I and Part 2 here. Their running and faith were tightly woven and both publically expressed a burning desire to proclaim their faith and remain obedient to his voice. The same is true for Wesley Korir, a competitor and close friend of Ryan Hall.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Wesley understands that the best crown is the one that will last forever.
He was blessed to be able to run for the University of Louisville and win many races and place highly at NCAA championships. But his heart broke for Kenya. He had left the country in the midst of internal conflict and violence and vowed to return and help some day.
After winning the Boston Marathon in 2012, an opportunity came.
His school, the University of Louisville, was sending teams of doctors to Mombasa, Kenya in June of 2012. A deadly bombing in Mombasa that month caused the US State Department to advise against travel to the city. The mission trip was cancelled.
Korir stepped up and asked if the mission and doctors could instead go to his village and help with his clinic project. With the financial help of Hall Steps, the foundation created by his friend and fellow runner Ryan Hall, the clinic was finished and the medical team went to his village in July of 2012.
Since then , Wesley has worked around the clock to bring even more help and medical supplies to his people in Kenya. He continues to run marathons and use the prize money to fund his Kenyan Kids Foundation. He moved back to Kenya and in 2013 was elected a member of the Kenyan Parliament. He desires to be President of Kenya someday.
“Running is just a stepping stone”, he said in a 2013 interview. “When I die, I do not want people to say, “Wesley the great runner”. I want people to say, “Wesley the person that helped change people’s lives.”
“I believe that God has a plan for everything and a master plan for me” said Korir.
Fulfill your purpose. Run your race. Feel His pleasure.