The main aim of a race is to come first and winning is everything, but in this particular race that wasn’t quite the case. A runner performed an act of total kindness and helped a struggling competitor cross the line during the Maine B2B 10k.
Robert Gomez gave up his chance to finish in first place when just meters from the finish line he noticed another runner, Jesse Orach was struggling with heat exhaustion and was struggling to finish.
Orach recalls:“It kind of seemed like it was over for me, then, I felt someone pick me up.” Gomez was with Orach for most of the race but then couldn’t keep up, but then noticed him on the ground close to the finish line.
Gomez later said: “I couldn’t leave him there. In the running community, I feel camaraderie comes before competitiveness,”
This act of selflessness and compassion for another human being proves that sometimes, it’s not always about winning