Many years ago when I coached the Sikorski's Service Station Wee Men Major baseball team, I named as most valuable player Jake Krong. It wasn't because he had the best average or was the best fielder or was the best anything in any of the multiple categories for which you compile statistics. It was because he had the best attitude, the best work ethic and the best heart for the game.
Later he ran on the cross-country team in high school with Jamie, and as really good as he was, he still wasn't the fastest. But he made the fastest guy even faster, always plugging away, always right over his shoulder. Whatever he lacked in natural talent (don't get me wrong, he had plenty of that, too) he made up for in training and discipline and hard work.
Plus he was about the nicest kid you'd ever want to meet.
Yesterday Jake Krong finished 23rd in the Boston Marathon, and everyone else discovered what I've known all along: