Running Is National Obsession in Jamaica

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    Apr 07, 2015 1:24 AM GMT
    NYT: In Jamaica, whether the races feature Usain Bolt or a group of teenagers, running is a national obsession.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/sports/tracks-heartbeat-is-fast-as-ever-in-jamaica.html?ref=sports
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    Apr 07, 2015 9:58 PM GMT
    Here's another story of running determination

    *Terry Fox remains the youngest Canadian ever to receive the Companion of the Order of Canada.
    *Across Canada, Terry Fox has had countless schools, public buildings, parks, roads and even a mountain named in his honour.
    *In 1981, Terry Fox was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
    *A 1999 national survey named Terry Fox as Canada’s greatest hero.

    Read more at http://www.historymuseum.ca/terryfox/#.VSRQLqqtQMA
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 07, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    Is the Jamaican population partly or largely from any particular part of Africa? I know some very old African tribes have been runners for millennia. Though I guess distance, not speed. Maybe both. Still, would be interesting to know if there's a connection.