Monday, June 10, 2013
Sometimes tragedy can motivate ordinary people to aspire to extraordinary goals. Include Evans junior Justin Weegar in that category.
His mom had a big dream for him, and now he's determined to follow through. It all stems from a single comment from his mom over two years ago.
"I overheard her in a conversation talking about how she expected me to and wanted me to be a runner when I grew up," Weegar said.
He didn't put much thought into the comment until shortly after, when his mom, Missy Weegar, was killed in a domestic dispute.
"I took that to heart once she passed away because I knew running was something I loved to do, and it was something she loved for me to do. So, I said why not keep doing it and do it in her honor?"
In just two years' time, son has held true on his promise. He was fifth at the state cross country meet this year, and that provided confidence to go with his commitment.
"That's when I decided, hey I can do this. I can be a state champion. I can go to the Olympics if I train hard enough."
For most young runners an Olympic dream is all the motivation needed, but for Justin the reason to run is a little different.
"That's one of the reasons I love running so much. It helps me to communicate with her. She's still telling me and motivating me. I can hear her voice inside my head, and she's just such an inspiring being in my life and for everything she did for me."
So no matter the wins, losses, trophies or medals collected along the way, Justin Weegar won't stop running, and his biggest fan will be with him every step of the way.