Yep, it's that time folks… the finals of the 100-word sprint challenge, hosted by fighterwriter, J.C.Martin.

For the final, the finalists have to write a 100-word story (not including title and prompt), that starts with the prompt:

“The finish line beckoned…”

This time, finalists will e-mail the links to their stories to me by Friday 24th. This time though, their entries will be up for the public vote till Wednesday 29th August, and a winner will be announced on the last day of the tour, the Closing Ceremony on August 30th!

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The finish line beckoned… a mental switch activated, unleashing a kaleidoscope of memories in his mind's eye, like scenes from a movie, the camera rolling on…

Frame one: the ten year old gazed with pride at his brand new pair of running shoes.

Frame two: echoes of a hundred voices vied for prime position in the chambers of his mind; a cacophony of taunts, cheers, praises…

Frame three: it's yours son, his mother's voice came back loud and clear, but how badly do you want it?

It was a jaw-dropping victory.


A photo finish.

The athletic world had never witnessed anything like it.


  1. Elise Fallson on August 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Sounds like an amazing athlete! When you want something bad enough, nothing can stop you. (: 

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Always enjoy a victory story!

  3. The Golden Eagle on August 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Awesome story. I love the character's flashbacks just as he's winning the race!

    • michelle on August 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      @Elise ~ Absolutely! I agree… a testimony to the amazing human spirit…

      @Alex ~ I believe there's a champion lurking in everybody…

      @Golden Eagle ~ I've always wondered what's uppermost in an athlete's mind at this point…

  4. Medeia Sharif on August 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I love the frames. I was there at every step.

  5. Julie on August 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    You really started the race off with a bang!  I also liked how you divided it up into frames or snapshots. Written like a true champion!  

  6. Rachna Chhabria on August 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Starts with  a bang. I like the way you have broken it up into different scenes /frames. Its wonderful, Michelle. 

    • michelle on August 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      @Medeia ~ I'm glad you were caught up in the moment…

      @Julie ~ Ah, you are too kind – thank you for cheering me on and supporting my race…

      @Rachna ~ Thank you so much!

  7. J.L. Campbell on August 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    So much going through his mind at the start to take him toward victory. Well done.

  8. Madeleine on August 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This is a fun piece. Had me hooked, running along with the MC.

  9. Rekha on August 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I could picture one of the numerable athkletes specially from third world countries go through this well described everlasting moment of glory. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

    • michelle on August 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      @Joy ~ Yes, flashbacks of defining moments in his career…

      @Madeleine ~ I hope you enjoyed the sprint…

      @Rekha ~ Especially those who come from poor socio-economic backgrounds… you are so right…

  10. Carol Kilgore on August 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Cool. I could see this playing in my mind.

  11. Lexa Cain on August 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love the drama and determination you put in this.
    (It's weird that it put me in mind of Lance Armstrong 'cause I just read an article about his wins being taken away — too sad.)

  12. Emily R. King on August 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Very nice. I felt like the cameraman videoing the race as I read it.
    I hope your entry wins!

    • michelle on August 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      @Carol ~ I always get excited when somebody can visualize the piece. That's great.

      @Lexa ~ I was speechless when I heard about that… so sad… I'm not sure of all the details…

      @Emily ~ Thanks! From the camera man perspective, I hope you had an exciting view…

  13. L. Diane Wolfe on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I remember my days of running. Never won though!

  14. Sherry Ellis on August 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I like how you divided it into three frames.  I can just picture the action!

  15. Charmaine Clancy on August 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Look forward to reading some of these 🙂

    • michelle on August 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      @L.Diane ~ At least you experienced the feeling/adrenaline rush… I'm not a sporty type, at all…

      @Sherry ~ I tried to highlight significant events linked to his career…

      @Charmaine ~ And I look forward to churning out more of these – thanks so much!

  16. Ciara Knight on August 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Sounds triumphant! Love it. 

    • michelle on August 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Ciara! 🙂

  17. Catherine Noble on September 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Aww, I can taste the triumph, Michelle! Very apt with all the paralympics on at the moment. Well done for getting so much into 100 words 🙂

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