Pete Colaizzo, Head Coach, Marist Track & Cross Country

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
     Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
     But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
     Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
     And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

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As a runner and a track coach, I’ve lived and breathed the last stanza of the poem thousands of times. The entire poem – perhaps the sweetest run-on sentence in writing history – builds to that wonderful crescendo. I re-read it at least once a month.