There are many different forms of sports and all challenge the athletes to be the best they can be. Conditioning requires yeararound training. They train themselves each and every day to rise to the occasion of completing the course they started. When their bodies are near exhaustion, their minds remain focused on the course and they will not allow themselves to end their trial early. At that moment, the endurance athlete digs deeper inside to that part of them that will get them across the finish line. It's about 'desire' and becomes mind-over-matter.
Sports that require endurance are truly gaining in popularity today. Participants range in age from elementary school students to senior citizens, with each group challenging others in their age bracket to do their very best.
One has to wonder why any athlete would choose to participate in a sport requiring so much dedication and pain. From an outsider's point-of-view, it would appear they are addicted to punishing themselves. Even when they near dehydration, they never allow themselves to give up. With extreme intensity, they focus on their goal and some how find the courage to summon one last spurt of energy to cross that finish line. Where they rank in the race becomes inconsequential. What matters is they finish. Their desire to succeed is what carries them forward.
Each athlete has their own personal reason for participating. If they meet their personal goal, they definitely become a winner. Endurance sports require undeniable dedication and are the ultimate challenge.