Don’t Be This Guy: Premature Celebration at the Finish Line

The Mighty Ducks of Oregon have a storied running program and a list of alumni that reads like a Hall of Fame for runners. Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp, Ashton Eaton, Matt Centrowitz, Edward Cheserek, Jordan Hasay, Kathy Hayes… you get the idea. So, when a video of Tanguy Pepiot’s premature celebration at the finish line went viral this week, lot’s of haters jumped on the bandwagon. Let’s see if we can learn something not from Pepiot’s mistake, but from the winner of that race, the University of Washington’s Meron Simon.

Never give up, never give in! Your race isn’t over until you cross the finish line. How many times have you seen runners get passed in the last 50 meters of a race because they shut down just as someone else decided to drop the hammer?

Meron Simon shows us how to finish strong by chasing down Pepiot and taking the win. All those track workouts, speed sessions, and hours of visualization paid off because of his determination and willingness to push to the end. Oregon’s Steve Prefontaine said it best, “A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.”

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