The Will to Go On

Posted by Filed Under: Inspiration & Motivation, Triathlon, Video, Women's Running

In 1982 a 23-year-old college student named Julie Moss made the most memorable and remarkable trip to the finish line of the Kona Ironman Championship on record. In the lead for most the latter part of the race, she found herself out of energy and falling to the pavement just yards from the finish. She was passed by another competitor but still managed to claw and crawl her way across the mats to take 2nd place. Watch this feat of unparalleled determination and inspiration as caught on film by ABC sports.

On the 25th anniversary of that event, Moss was interviewed. Watch and listen to learn what drove her to keep pushing for the finish line when it looked like she was beyond “finished.”

Read more on Julie Moss in this article, “Back To Kona To Celebrate Her Defining Moment.”


About 21stCenturyMom

I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week. I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?

  1. Irene on June 30th at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for posting this… It couldn’t have been posted at a better time for myself. Even though I’m not in the same league as Julie Moss, I could very much relate to everything she said. Wow.

  2. kara on July 2nd at 1:15 pm

    Gee….that made me cry.