Running characterizes Beaverton… we were born to run!

Running characterizes Beaverton… we were born to run!



Christopher McDougall in Born to Run writes:

“Running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation [when] we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain. Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. We were born to run; we were born because we run.”

Biologist Dennis Bramble and anthropologist Daniel Lieberman argue that natural selection favored pre-human ancestors who could run. Over time, anatomical features developed for long-distance running such as long legs, Achilles tendon, and the arrangement of foot bones. While other animals stop and pant to cool themselves, humans can sweat and continue running. Other animals may be faster with four legs, but for long-distance running, humans can outrun any animal.

Ancient Greeks developed running as a sport into a sophisticated field of science, philosophy, and music. They developed training regimens and dietary guidelines that are still followed. Philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Lucian offered counsel as did the physician Hippocrates. Music supported runners in training and competition.


Beaverton and running

Running characterizes Beaverton as we are the national and world headquarters of two major shoe companies. It’s evident too in September’s plethora of events including a 5K/10K and half marathon on the 9th, a Sam Day 5K on the 16th for childhood cancer, and the Beaverton 5K Sun Run on the 23rd for books, coats, shoes, and financial aid for students.

Writers, both ancient and contemporary, have drawn parallels between running and life (ie. “We must walk before we run” and “life is a marathon, not a sprint”).

  • What prize do you run for?
  • What steps are needed to achieve it?
  • What’s holding you back?
  • Which trailblazers inspire you?
  • Which trainers in life coach you?
  • Who in your community supports your journey?


Rev. Dr. Sybrant serves at Murray Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more info, visit us at 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. | 503-524-5230