Pics and Quote #2: Adversity

“Adversity is an unavoidable uphill in life. It should be met in the same manner as any hill. Shorten your stride, maintain your rhythm, keep your effort steady, and pull yourself over it.” 

WHAT: 1984 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

WHEN: March 25th

WHERE: Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey (picture below)


Senior Men’s Race (Top Picture – 12 km) – Pat Porter (#570) (USA), 4th place (first American)

USA team – 2nd place

Junior Men’s Race (Pic to the Right – 8km) – Pat Piper (#382) (USA), 12th place (first American; Hopkinton (NH) High School; North Carolina State Univ.)

USA team – 4th place

Editor’s Note: Due to the graciousness of Jeff Johnson, John Goegel and others, we are carrying over a series begun during the track season on our sister site, .  For those of you that don’t know, Jeff Johnson was employee #1 of Nike.  He actually is the one responsible for naming the company.  Fortunately for us, he was also a world class photographer of our great sports in the 1960s and 1970s during which he captured thousands of sports photographs.  We are honored and thankful for their choice to use our sites as their medium for sharing their passion.  We hope our presentations can do them justice!

Photos by John Goegel

Quotes by Jeff Johnson from his work in progress: “In Other Words: Things I Think I Said When I Was Trying To Think Of Something To Say.”

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