"In analyzing American distance running, I have learned what I need to establish as a runner, what steps I must take, and what mind set I must have to become an elite runner. I must have the same attitude as did one of America's best distance runners Steve Prefontaine who once said: "I don't run a race to see who is the fastest, but to see who has the most guts." This is what will make Americans great runners. This is what will make them heroes for eternity."
-Ryan Shay, concluding a 10 page paper he wrote for his freshman English class at Notre Dame (which Ryan's fathers has graciously shared with the LetsRun.com community).