The 2013 Kansas Relays are history now but if you have never seen the event, mark your calendar for 2014. Maurice Greene, a past competitor at the Relays said: “In America, we have three major sports – baseball, football and basketball. They get the most coverage. Then there’s things like golf which mop up most of what is left. But track and field? We are way at the bottom of the totem pole.” Sad but true, but in no way does that dampen the spirits of the competitors or the excitement of the event. Jackie Joyner Kersee said: “It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.” And perform they do. The goals are simple: be the fastest, jump the highest or the farthest, throw something the furthest. The true beauty of track and field is that these three simple goals are the same as they were centuries ago. To be sure, the athletes compete against each other and sometimes push human reality,and in doing so they compete against a clock and measurements, chase a finish line, a record, a distance, or a period of time flying in the air, and for a brief time, they fly and challenge the wind.
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