Running a marathon is a serious commitment, which is likely why those training for one may talk about little else. If you aren’t an avid runner, odds are you’ve seen pictures of friends or family running them; Twitter and Facebook feeds are commonly scattered with captions broadcasting personal best times and training tips.
Guor Marial is a South Sudanese refugee who spent his high school years in Concord. He has now qualified to run the Olympic marathon.
In the past few weeks he’s had a lot of press: Time Magazine, the Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, and too many other publications to name have run profiles on him. Marial’s story has spread so far because it’s basically the perfect Olympic story.