One day, a son asked his father, “Dad, will you race with me in a 5-mile run?” Touched by his son’s heart-felt request, the father, despite having a heart condition, lovingly said “Yes”. So, together they raced. They didn’t win (they weren’t even close) but the joy of their togetherness was worth far more than finishing first. With smiles on both of their faces they finished together.
Soon after, the son asked his father once more. “Dad, can we run a marathon together?” Again, the father smiled and nodded his head. “Yes, of course we can” was the reply. So, once again the two of them raced for 26 miles and smiled all the way to the finish line – together.
This same Father and son went on to join other marathons (over 900 races to date) the father always saying ‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together.
One day, the son asked his father, “Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.” To which, his father said “Yes”.
For those who don’t know, the Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever.
The race encompasses three endurance events:
- 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim followed by
- a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride and ending with
- a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Father and son went on to complete the Ironman together.
With this in mind, please view the video clips below of the duo, but be prepared to cry. It is a beautiful example of God’s relationship with us. I only hope I can be as good a father as this man.