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Running is a Discipline

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 fifth post in a series of seven. Be ready to be inspired by his words:

Fifth, Running is a Discipline whose virtues carry over into every aspect of your life. It is not only true that everything you do affects your running; your running affects everything you do.

Running teaches you to distinguish between “wishing” and “wanting.” Lots of people “wish” they could do their best, but they aren’t wiling to make the lifestyle changes necessary to turn their wishes into reality. Running is about setting goals and wanting those goals so passionately that you make the sacrifices necessary to attain them. Even when you don’t attain your goals, the experience of chasing them empowers you.

All of life is about distinguishing “wishing” from “wanting,” and the skill set and attitudes you develop in pursuing those goals you truly want in track and cross country are the same skill set and attitudes that will empower you to move beyond wishing to achieve those goals you truly want to attain in every ambit of your career.

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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.