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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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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
MOONDRAGON29 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
CANDEE412 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
BETHSNOW61 8/2/2015 10:37:08 PM
Ok, I cried! He's A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I can't even imagine all that he went through. I'm so glad he came out of his past as a winner, an incredible man Report
JRMCCOY63 6/3/2015 2:17:01 AM
Wow! He is truly blessed and an amazing person. I'm truly thankful to God for blessing him to be able to escape and run to freedom and success! Report
LIVINHEALTHY9 11/13/2014 5:24:37 AM
What a moving and inspiring story.
Lopez is a winner before the race starts. Report
KAREN2LOSE55 8/28/2014 12:18:52 AM
Wow Lopez, you ROCK! Thank you for the inspiration to go, go and go because I am UNSTOPPABLE!! Just like you! Report
SMCLAIN6 7/31/2014 2:19:32 PM
Wow what a moving story. Report
COOLRAIN 6/9/2014 11:36:50 AM
Truly an inspiring young man! Thank you. Report