It wasn’t all bad
When Sheila Pereira heard about the Worcester City Half Marathon, she was delighted that a race was being held so close to her home in Massachusetts. She signed up online—then realized the half marathon was actually 3,200 miles away, in Worcester, England. Undeterred, Pereira mapped out a 13.1-mile route through the “other Worcester” and ran her own race. She finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes and sent a message explaining the mix-up to the half marathon organizers in England. They mailed her a medal, a T-shirt, and an invite to next year’s race.
U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien has a true hero’s résumé. The Japan-based pararescueman regularly jumps out of planes, helped lead the rescue of a young Thai soccer team from a flooded cave last year, and pulled a civilian from a burning car in South Korea. O’Brien was flying back to the U.S. last month to receive an Outstanding Airman of the Year award when he noticed a 1-year-old passenger was choking. He cleared the child’s blocked airway and performed CPR, saving the youngster’s life. His commander, Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, wrote online that he can’t decide if O’Brien is “Superman or Mayhem (the guy on the insurance commercials).”
Carole King might be the most dedicated dog owner in America. The Washington state resident was vacationing with her husband in Montana when their border collie, Katie, got spooked by thunder and bolted from their hotel. The couple looked for the pooch to no avail. But King refused to give up. She quit her postal worker job and made tracking Katie a full-time gig. Local residents joined the hunt, and one donated a room so King could stay in the area. Finally, on day 57, a resident spotted Katie in his neighborhood and King was reunited with her beloved pet. “What I got out of this,” says King, “was the kindness of strangers.” ■