July 10, 2009

Message in a Bottle

Paavo Nurmi, the legendary Finnish long-distance runner, carried a stopwatch while racing to pace himself. During a qualifying race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Nurmi fell at a water jump and dropped his watch. Lucien Duquesne of France stopped, lifted his rival to his feet and helped him retrieve his watch from the water.

Rather than forge ahead, Nurmi ran the rest of the race by Duquesne's side and at the finish line offered the Frenchman first place. Duquesne declined.

To the men & women behind this bottle, our appreciation. My medal goes with you.

Adopted from: RDAsia


  1. Vener, that bottle is the product of the efforts of many people. The hydrite was paid for by excess money donated by Mr. Amado Castro for the Botak Aid Station, I bought the hydrite and water bottle using that money, couple Neil and Rachel mixed the solution and did the label, the takbo.ph volunteers handed the bottle to you. We are glad you appreciated our efforts. Congrats again in making it to the finals.

  2. Thanks again Rico. I didn't loose my hold of that bottle until it reached the safety of my bag at the finish line. Your collective efforts made the difference not just for me but for all the runners out there. Mabuhay kayo.