After getting back from the 2019 Boston Marathon, avid marathon runner Alex Goh completed the six Abbott World Marathon Majors (Berlin, Chicago, London, New York City, and Tokyo) and achieved his irreplaceable Six Star medal.
The Abbott World Marathon Majors is an exclusive award that recognizes participants who finish a series that consists of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world.
In the recently concluded 2019 Boston Marathon, Goh surpassed his fundraising target of $10,000 by $75 in his Boston bid and the mission to help the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Not just a Six Star finisher, Goh also became the first Malaysian to complete the top ten World Marathons as certified by Runners World in 2015 including Athens, Paris, Osaka, and Marine Corp Marathon.
A lifetime marathon pursuit
Goh, hailing from Muar, Johor flew all the way to Boston to complete a lifetime running pursuit journey that started back in the 70s in Muar. No one could have ever comprehended the vehemence of his moment on Boylston Street and the world famous and older finish line.
Upon approaching the finish line, running down the entire stretch of Bolyston St with his DIY-ed Jalur Gemilang tee, raising up the national flag high and fluttering beautifully in the wind, Goh got his Boylston Street moment all to himself. Sometimes, it is perfectly fine to be desirous of a lifetime goal.
And yes, it felt like winning the World Cup, bringing back the coveted 15th Abbott World Marathon Majors Six Star Finisher medal for Malaysia. What more poignant than doing it first at where it all began, 20 years ago with his first race, in Petaling Jaya.
Sitting back and looking back into what has been a most fulfilling and enjoyable journey, the sharing session from Goh was surely full of great conversation as he earned him a place in the prestigious group.
Malaysia’s 15th Six Star finisher
Indeed, making Boston possible is not always easy, but it takes a huge team effort to make it happen. It was the 15th Six Star Finisher for Malaysia from the 60-year-young Goh. The 2019 Boston saw Malaysia adding two Six Stars to its medal table tally. The journey was more than just national pride. For Goh, it was also a celebration of the wonderful fellowship for the Six Stars that made his 6-year journey such a fulfilling and splendid endeavor.
The friendships of like-minded folks with the same goal that forged, albeit through social media, was just too unbelievable. Overnight, Goh had more friends all over the globe. He would love to show his gratitude to the impeccable organization like Abbott and true movers like Robert Wang of Marathon Major Challenge for making this happen.
For Boston, Goh was privileged and proud to work with and run alongside MABVI’s Team With A Vision to raise funds for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It dawned on him the huge honor for such a task as he met many of his ‘teammates’ who ran as guides for some of the folks who ran with minimal or no vision at all.
A celebration of a major milestone
It was a moment to share with friends of the running fraternity, in part to thank for the encouragement and support and also, on a newfound mission to share the Six Star magic and dream, and hopefully, Goh aims to inspire more Six Star aspirants to help with the Malaysia Six Star medal tally.
Many people must be wondering why Goh, at his semi-retirement, is persistently striving for excellence. But one will not be able to fathom his tears and emotions coming down Boylston Streets towards that iconic finish line. To Goh, he aspired to create his own history for posterity and stories to bore future generations.
Now, it’s a wrap. Meet dedicated Alex Goh, whose sheer determination, perseverance, self-discipline, and willpower that helped him in achieving what many people can never do.