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The Vertical Race 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

The Vertical Race

In vertical climbing it's important to keep running up and hanging on to the rails!

At a Glance

We know that races like next week's New York City Marathon are popular, but what about a marathon that goes vertical? Tower running is a hot new way to run and can teach us a lot about finishing the race of Christian faith.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "My Bad," October 28, 2007, at

The starting gun for the New York City Marathon will fire next Sunday morning as runners from around the world will begin the 26.2-mile race through the streets -- barring some change in plans due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April. (As we write now, this latter event is still in the news.) But, every effort will no doubt be made to ensure a safe event for the runners of one of the world's most famous marathons. Some of the runners will race for the prize while others will consider a respectable finish to be a great accomplishment.

But while running a marathon is still a popular bucket list item for many people, other...

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