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This month's feature article, Marathon Man, tells the tale of William Sherring, a Hamilton man who overcame all of the odds and went on to win a gold medal at the 1906 Intercalated Games.
Having made his mark on the marathon circuit in North America, Mr. Sherring went on to represent Canada at the games in Greece. Not having the money for the fare to the games, Sherring acted upon a tip at the horse track and defied the odds to win the finances that would allow him to travel to compete. Once in Athens, Sherring took on work to feed himself, slept on the floor of a barn, trained himself, and lost an incredible 20 lbs in the process. In the end, his perseverance over hardship paid off, winning him the gold medal, as well as a goat, a statue of Athena, citizenship of Greece and of the city of Marathon, bouquets of flowers, and several offers of marriage.
The entire inspirational story can be found here, Marathon Man
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