Article written by Carl Christian Engstad, published in the paper-issue of Lillesandposten 14.09.11
Found by Olina Novikova. Translation by Tessa La.
Revised by Bita
The continuation of an Important Vision
Artist Alexander Rybak believes it’s important to honor Ketil Moe’s memory and vision. That’s why he performed on Sunday in “Dyreparken” at the Ketil Moe running race. The Grand Prix winner gave a concert and performed for nearly an hour before the race started. At the finish line, he presented the medals, signed autographs and posed for pictures, to the joy of all the abled and disabled race participants.
Rybak and his family had previously spent their summer holidays at Lillesand before, and so they knew Ketil Moe on a personal level. Rybak believes it’s important to be present to continue Moe’s visions:
“There are many diseases and conditions that exist in the world. I caught a glimpse of cystic fibrosis through Ketil Moe. I knew him when he lived, and I was tremendously inspired by his charisma. Even at his lowest points, he was a joy-spreader. Therefore, it is appropriate to arrange an event like this in his spirit, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be here.”
Around 850 people purchased tickets to attend the 19th race in honor of Ketil Moe run race. As usual, there were those who were able to complete the race in as little as a few minutes, while others had to take it easier on themselves.
The first competitor to cross the finish line, Even Meinseth from Fevik, had participated in this race six times already, and shortly was shortly followed by his sister Ingvild.
“Our grandparents always bring us to this event. I think it’s fun. It is good that there are races like this, where everyone who participates is considered equal regardless of their conditions”, Even says.
Several of the disabled were swift to pass the finish line, and were very pleased about their own performances. Carl Jon Hansen, from Lillesand, who has always helped arrange the run race over the years, believes that this pleasure is a big component of the race:
“It’s what makes this race so special, the fact that you see disabled people display the same joy when it comes to competing”, Hansen says. Marc Christian and Carl Martin Bentsen, also from Lillesand, agree, stating that the idea behind the race is a great one.