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Catching Kayla: Great Story via ESPN

Last week an ESPN video was circulating around the web that featured high school runner Kayla Montgomery. It’s an amazing video, and the only thing I’m going to say about it is that if you haven’t already, you need to watch it. You can do so below:

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  1. Crying at work. I hate you.

  2. New mantra: “As long as I’m running, everything is fine.” -Kayla Montgomery

  3. this is insane! she literally can’t stop. Crying too :)

  4. Wow! Not just Kayla, but her coach. Just. Wow!

  5. dennis mendoza says:

    This is an amazing story and a more amazing girl chasing her dreams no matter what!! My daughter denise loved it and she wants to dedicate her high school soccer career to kayla, she’s in 8th grade now and the starting varsity goalie for Mater High in miami..Go Kayla..

  6. awesome story

    even better by finishing 1st after falling

    thought it was gonna end with her finishing, though disappointed in her final race, though still proud of herself by persevering and all that

    always great to see a rise and finish, I’ve seen too many,some friends, that have improved immensely over time only to have their worst performance…my brother included

    i never got there in the first place, illness yes, strong finish oh heck no lol

  7. Thanks Pete. That was awe inspiring.

  8. Thank you Pete, the first time I saw this story I passed it over. When you post it I said, I need to check this out. Thank you, my cousin has MS. Much respect I now have for her. She put’s on a brave face and carries on as a mother of 3 like she is 100%. I now know how strong she truly is.

  9. Key takeaway: Don’t let illness stop you from running and keep going. really inspiring story

  10. Just amazing. What a fantastic story!

  11. What a great story – thank you for sharing!

  12. I swore I thought this was a story a year or so ago, in Running Times or somewhere??

  13. Brad+Patterson says:

    Unbelievable story, what a brave young lady and an amazing coach and parents too! I am going to show this to my young kids and show them to never ever ever give up and always seize the moment — for you never know when it might be your last race, game, etc. Thanks for sharing, Pete

  14. that is beautiful. long may she run.

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