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Running is a Gift to be Enjoyed

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

Fourth, Running Is a Gift to be Enjoyed in its many stages. Perhaps the best way I can explain this point is by noting the name that a friend of mine gave his running shoe store. He called it “Jogger, Runner, Racer.”

Most of you are at the Racer stage of your careers. Respect the privilege that you have and do your utmost to maximize your talent. But understand that your racing career represents but a fraction of your running pilgrimage. I raced competitively for about twenty years, until the press of church work and academics forced me to surrender the racing life.

But that didn’t mean I had to give up running. It has remained a part of my lifestyle, an essential component of my being. I call myself a runner, even though what I call running now is what I would have called jogging ten years ago. But that doesn’t mean I can’t continue the sense of being “in training”; that doesn’t meant I can’t continue to compete against myself – and test myself in the process.

You are at a privileged stage in your running pilgrimage: make the most of it. But know that this is a lifestyle you can continue to enjoy and can continue to shape and improve your life even after your racing days are over. Running is a gift to be enjoyed in its many stages.

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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.