Dwier Brown (John Kinsella): Is this heaven?
Kevin Costner (Ray): It's Iowa.
Dwier Brown (John): Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.
Kevin Costner (Ray): Is there a heaven?
Dwier Brown (John): Oh yeah. It's the place where dreams come true.
(Ray looks around, seeing his wife playing with their daughter on the porch.)
Kevin Costner (Ray): Maybe this is heaven.
For Ali Sarreshteh, just an airplane ride and 26.2 miles are left in this journey of which many runners dream. Five years and over a dozen marathons and pairs of shoes ago, Ali toed the starting line of the Chicago Marathon. Finishing in just over five hours, he once said that crossing his very first finish line was such an unforgettable experience. I don’t know if he had qualifying for the Boston Marathon as his goal five years ago, but on Monday, April 16th at 10:30 a.m. (EST), he will be one of just 22,500 runners to participate in this legendary footrace for 2007.
Boston may be a long way from Iowa – but for those who dream of completing one of the most historic marathons, it takes guts, determination, persistence, and a lot of miles on your shoes to qualify for what has been called by some the ultimate running experience.
Congratulations and Good Luck, Ali! “If you believe in the impossible, the incredible will come true.” And when you cross that finish line – you’ll have lots of fellow HalfWits back here in Illinois celebrating your accomplishment with you.
For more information on the Boston Marathon, including its rich history and stringent qualifying standards, see their website.
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