After Running for His Life, He Now Runs in the Olympics

This young man had to literally run for his life to escape his country's civil war. Now he runs for his new home country with a joy and determination that will warm your heart.
Even if you've never thought of yourself as a runner, you can learn to love this activity that will pay you back with health and energy.
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LIVEANDLAUGH 1/5/2020 1:01:42 PM
The thought of a six year old child running for his or her life is heartbreaking and ads perspective to the conditions under which people live and human suffering throughout the world. Please pray for them as I will too. And maybe just for a moment after seeing and hearing, your life won't be so bad after all. Love to all! Report
KHALIA2 1/5/2020 8:26:14 AM
I agree with the video, you are a runner! You were trained that way! Report
MNABOY 6/6/2019 12:24:01 AM
Thanks for sharing. Report
KHALIA2 5/20/2019 11:27:02 AM
You had a very difficult life. So glad you did not give up! Report
KHALIA2 4/13/2019 6:50:07 AM
You had a very hard and tough life. So glad you made it! Report
KHALIA2 7/17/2018 8:26:09 AM
Hats off to you, Lopez! Report
KHALIA2 6/6/2018 3:48:52 PM
A very moving story! Report
KHALIA2 5/21/2018 12:03:19 PM
Congratulations! Very inspiring! Report
MOONDRAGON31 1/22/2018 4:14:16 PM
What a journey that he went through. Report
ITSAPROCESS 11/30/2017 9:32:59 AM
Wow, what journey. Very inspirational. Report
ORTATK 11/14/2017 9:24:52 AM
Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for a great series of posts. Report
COMEBACKKID12 4/28/2017 11:30:12 PM
A beautiful story of the human spirit! God bless you Lopez and so happy you reunited with your Mom! Thanks so much Spark People for putting his story on your site! :)) Report
CD2099553 3/25/2017 6:35:09 AM
Very very inspiring Report
JSTETSER 3/25/2017 6:00:52 AM
Lopez, today I'm going to run a little faster and try a little harder because of your video. Thank you for becoming a powerful, positive force for others. Report
SEWATER 10/25/2015 9:07:48 AM
Very inspiring ! Makes my struggle with weight loss seem like nothing ! Report