Legendary African American sprinter, Jesse Owens, who achieved both international fame as well as four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin once said, “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals.  The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”

Indeed.

At this year’s Kilimanjaro Marathon held this weekend in Moshi, Tanzania, The Toa Nafasi Project partnered with The Songambele Initiative to run for disability rights and awareness.  A full report on the day’s activities will come in due course, but I’ve just received some photos from the ground and wanted to share them ASAP.

It’s remarkable not only what we can accomplish when we work together but also what we can do even in the face of great adversity and seeming disadvantage.  It’s a reminder that DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY!

Toa tutors and their kids come out to support the runners

 

The teams from Toa and Songambele gather the troops!

 

Crowds gather in the stadium

 

Runners cross the finish line!