Making peace is a marathon

“I believe running can change the world,” proclaims May El-Khalil, a former marathon runner, in this inspiring TED talk. You’ll believe, too, as you listen to her describe how her personal tragedy resulted in the largest running event in the Middle East. Every year, tens of thousands of runners are sowing the seeds of peace.

In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.

 Watch the 10-minute TED talk.


In other football news …

A certain quarterback is sporting a Broncos jersey and making headlines from Denver to Kansas City. Actually, I was more interested in some other breaking news about the sport  the rest of the world calls “football” and we Americans call “soccer.”

Also making headlines this week …

Herbalife partners with LA Galaxy

Herbalife announced a record 10-year contract extension with MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy. Herbalife will not only continue as the team’s official presenting sponsor and official jersey sponsor, but will also remain the Galaxy’s official and exclusive nutrition partner, with all of our products available to the club’s players and coaching staff.

This is the single largest and longest sponsorship agreement for an MLS club in league history, running through the 2022 MLS season, and is valued at over $44 million.

Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson adds: “There’s another part of this agreement very dear to all of our hearts – making our communities better places to live and work. As part of the agreement, $2.5 million will go toward supporting charitable efforts between the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation and the Herbalife Family Foundation to benefit vulnerable and underserved children.”

You can read Herbalife’s press release here.

 Leo scores big (234 goals)

Leo Messi — a world-famous Herbalife-sponsored athlete and perhaps the greatest soccer player in history – became FC Barcelona’s all-time top goal-scorer on March 20, 2012. The game against Granada will be remembered for this extraordinary feat: a hat-trick by the three-time Ballon d’Or winner that took his all-time tally to 234 goals.

At only 24-years-old, Messi is a living legend. Did I mention he is an Herbalife-sponsored athlete?

According to Time magazine, Messi is “the greatest player in the world” and perhaps the “best of all time.”

Marathon runner travels on a path with God

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall, considered the United States’ most promising marathoner, decided to do something radically unorthodox. He left behind his coach, his training partners and his home in the mountains of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., to strike out on his own.

His new coach? God.

Read Linda Robertson’s story in the Miami Herald

King Leo on the cover of Time Magazine

Lionel Messi on the cover of Time Magazine
Leo Messi — a world-famous Herbalife-sponsored athlete and perhaps the greatest soccer player in history (if you don’t believe me, just watch the video, below) — will be featured on the cover of the next issue of Time Magazine, which goes on sale worldwide this Sunday, January 29.

Headlined, “King Leo,” it’s the first time that a soccer player has graced the cover of the magazine. I haven’t been able to confirm whether this edition will be published in the United States or if it’s only Time’s global edition that will feature Messi. (Messi is far more famous in soccer-loving Europe and South America than here in the states.)

Here is the announcement at the FC Barcelona website

Watch Messi, in action:

I’m Just in Awe

Haile Gebrselassie lost the race against time on Sunday when Patrick Makau shattered his marathon world record and ended an era of two decades dominated by arguably the greatest distance runner in history.

Read: Patrick Makau shatters marathon mark

The Kenyan ran a 2:03:38 marathon. That’s an average pace of 4:43 per mile over 26.2 miles (I’m hoping to average 8:00 per mile at the KC Marathon). I’m just in awe.