Running is no Respecter of Origins

At the GoGo Running All-Area High School Banquet, Dr. Wm. Richard Kremer spoke. We thought it was so powerful that it deserved a blog post. This the third post in a series of seven. Be ready to be inspired by his words:

Third, Running is No Respecter of Origins. I say that because many runners labor under an inferiority complex. Oh, they think, I run for a small school, or I’m from a small town, or I’m not very well known among the highly-touted runners of the state, or I don’t have access to the best training techniques or facilities.

Listen, speed can come from anywhere. Stamina knows no area code. You may be a small town kid, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have big-time talent. I remember well a cold, blustery March day in 1976 when I was starting my outdoor season at some podunk track amidst an insignificant event known as the Morehouse Relays, held at tiny Morehouse College in Atlanta. I happened to look up during the 400 meter intermediate hurdles and saw this tall, gawky black kid clearing the hurdles somewhat awkwardly down the backstretch – awkwardly, but with plenty of raw speed in between barriers. This tall, gawky unknown black kid won the race handily – and he kept winning every race I saw him run that year, including the Olympic gold medal.

His name? Edwin Moses, who went on to become one of the most dominant runners the track world has ever seen. No matter who you are or where you’re from, speed can come from anywhere – for Running is no respecter of origins.

Running is…

Dr. Wm. Richard Kremer, is currently the pastor of Garden Lakes Baptist Church in Rome. Dr. Kremer has spent most of a lifetime involved in track and field as a participant and coach. He would characterize himself presently as a “very slow recreational runner.”

Dr. Kremer was the indoor 440 champion of the state of Alabama in 1973 and was part of the Jefferson Davis High (Montgomery, Ala.) team that finished that year undefeated. He received a full track scholarship to the University of Georgia, where he competed in a variety of cross country and track events.

He placed fourth in the SEC Championships of 1974 and 1975 in the 600 yard dash, setting a school record of 1:11.5 that stood for many years. A summa cum laude graduate, Dr. Kremer was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Upon graduation with a double major in English and History, Dr. Kremer attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a Master’s of Divinity and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. While in Louisville, Dr. Kremer ran for the Mason Dixon Athletic Club, continuing to win local and regional events while working on his Master’s. While running for the Mason Dixon AC, Dr. Kremer was part of a formidable distance medley relay team that included British Olympian Nick Rose.


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