“What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true. Work is making it come true” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Do you know what percentage of the population completes a marathon? Only 1%. Only a few lucky ones manage to conquer the ultimate test of athletics: Forty-two thousand one hundred ninety-five meters of suffering, pain, and tears culminating in one of the greatest satisfactions for a human being.

I am very proud to belong to that cast of champions and am thankful for the vitality it has given me ever since in life, to face any challenge that has come my way because the mental strength you build through this personal overcoming training is unforgettable, and above all, addictive. A great example and reference of such wass the personal record of one of our founding members, who achieved his best personal record: 2 hours and 45 minutes. And here we have the proof.

Thanks, Jaime, for dragging me into this beautiful challenge. I trust that many other Smilers will venture into it. GO SMILERS!!

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