CBC RADIO – The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti: ENCORE | How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner’s life – August 21, 2017
“我要繼續向前跑贏這比賽，還是我要轉身幫助這隻小狗?” ~ “他們告訴我，她整天坐在那熱氣裡望著地平線等我” ~ Dion Leonard / 迪翁倫納德
去年6月，當 Dion Leonard 在戈壁馬拉松比賽起跑線時，他準備著贏得這場比賽。
Leonard 說: “我們就從那時開始結合在一起。她和我一起來到帳篷裡，我開始給她食物吃，因為很明顯她自己沒有食物”
第二天，狗再次跟隨 Leonard 參加他的比賽。他們來到一條深水河邊，考驗來了。 Leonard 渡過一半湍急的河流時，水深及胸，他聽到了她的聲音。
“我轉身看她，發現如果沒有我的幫助，她是無法過河的。我必須做出決定 – 我要繼續向前跑贏這段比賽，還是我要轉身幫助這隻小狗?”
他決定轉身把她抱著一起過岸。 Leonard 說，那一刻，自己童年的創傷成長過程經驗讓他能感受到狗的痛。
接下來的比賽階段對於Gobi來說太熱了，如果她跑起來，肯定會死。所以 Leonard 安排讓她乘車到下一個休息站。 有一天特別炎熱，超過50度。Leonard 救了一名虛脫的跑者，後來自己也因太熱而癱倒在地。
Gobi在終點線上等著他。Leonard 說: “他們告訴我，她整天坐在那熱氣裡望著地平線等我。這讓我哭了。那天的比賽我經歷了那麼多後看到她，這讓我們的關係更加地鞏固。”
start line: 起跑線
across the river: 橫跨河流
cement: 接合 (cemented the bond)
bond: 結合力 聯結
“Do I keep running and try to win the race or do I turn around and help this little dog?” ~ Dion Leonard
“They said to me she’d been sitting in that heat all day looking at the horizon waiting for me.” ~ Dion Leonard
When Dion Leonard lined up at the start of the Gobi March last June, he was there to win.
The gruelling ultramarathon takes racers across the Gobi Desert in Asia in extreme heat. The runners carry their own food and water on the six-stage race, which has competitors running about 40 kilometres each day with the final leg being twice that far.
After the first day of the race, Leonard noticed a little dog begging from the racers around the campfire.
The next morning Leonard sees the dog again. This time she’s hanging around the start line.
He started running near the front of the pack, and the dog that he would later name Gobi started running beside him.
When he got to the finish line that day, people were cheering. But he quickly realized that they were cheering for the dog running right behind him.
“That’s when the bond started to form. She came into the tent with me and I started giving her food because obviously she didn’t have any of her own,” says Leonard.
Again the next day, the dog follows Leonard on his race, but she really tested him when they came to a deep river crossing. Leonard was halfway across with the rushing water up to his chest when he heard her.
“She’s yelling and barking and squealing and yelping and it was the most horrific noise that I’d ever heard and it made me stop in my tracks,” he recalls.
“I turned around and realized that she wasn’t going to be able to cross the river without my help. I had a decision to make there — do I keep running and try to win the race or do I turn around and help this little dog?”
He turned around and carried her across the river. Leonard says his own abusive and volatile upbringing made him feel the dog’s pain at that very moment.
“She has this grin on her face when she’s running. She’s just so happy to be next to me that it made me realize there was more to life than the race and more to life than all the past demons inside of me,” says Leonard.
The next stages were too hot for Gobi to run — Leonard was sure she would die if she tried — so he arranged to have her transported to the next rest stop by car. One of the days was particularly hot, over 50 degrees, and he’d rescued one runner who collapsed, and later collapsed himself from the heat.
But there was Gobi waiting for him at the finish line.
“She just came running out. They said to me she’d been sitting in that heat all day looking at the horizon waiting for me,” he says.
“It made me cry. I’d been through so much that day with the race, and then to see her cemented the bond even more.”
Leonard ended up finishing second in the Gobi March, but his journey with Gobi the dog wasn’t finished…
CONTINUE WITH DION & GOBI’S STORY: “Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart”