The Love of a Father


My own dad sent this to me awhile back in an email, and I thought I’d post it.

A son asked his father, ‘Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?’. The father, despite having a heart condition, says ‘Yes’. They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying ‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together.

One day, the son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.’ To which, his father said ‘Yes’ too. For those who don’t know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island . Father and son went on to complete the race together.

Now, watch the video–and keep a handkerchief handy:

And here’s more of their story…

Life is a gift, whether the “quality” of that life meets the standards of some people or not.


  1. Laurie on September 19, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I watched the video and it made me sob – thank goodness I hadn’t put on my makeup yet. Thanks alot, Byron.

    No, but really, it was inspiring to see the kind of love that man is capable of, and thought provoking – if man can have such a noble and sacrificial love, how much more does God have for us?

  2. Byron on September 20, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    @Laurie: “How much more (love) does God have for us”. Great insight!

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