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Runner's Scars Tell Of A Survivor's Story

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 10:47 PM CDT

Gilbert Tuhabonye is one of the most popular running coaches in Austin, but how he got to Texas is a path of hope.

“It’s a part of my history. It’s a part of who I am,” Tuhabonye said.

The scars that nearly cover his entire body tell a survivor’s story.

“Running helped me overcome obstacles,” Tuhabonye said. “I almost lost my life, I almost died.”

He was born and raised in Burundi, Africa, a small nation plagued by civil war and political tribes battling for power.

On October 21, 1993 Gilbert found himself in the middle of the country’s unrest.

“That day the Hutu president was assassinated by Tutsi extremist,” Tuhabonye said. “In act of retaliation the Hutu came to my school and locked up everybody they could find.”

Tuhabonye and 200 of his classmates were kidnapped, taken to a gas station, locked inside, and the building was set on fire. The flames scorched for eight hours while Tuhabonye hid under a pile of dead bodies. He was the only one to escape.

“I had to use something to break the window so I could run free,” Tuhabonye said. “I used a dead body, someone that I knew, and I broke the window and was able to run.”

He kept running.  Despite third-degree burns all over his body, Tuhabonye earned a track scholarship to Abilene Christian University where he became a national champion. In 2008 Olympics he carried the torch while representing his native country.

“The emotion that I went through carrying the Olympic torch, the fire that burned me few years back, and now I have the fire in my hands,” Tuhabonye said.

Now living in Austin, he does everything he can to give back to his tribe. He started the Gazelle Foundation and the proceeds build water projects in Burundi. The largest annual fundraiser, Run for the Water, has helped 16,000 people get clean drinking water.

“You've seen all my scars. I don't have scars in my heart because I forgive,” Tuhabonye said. “Running for me is my therapy, it’s my freedom.”

That’s because he’s been running his entire life.

By Cassie GalloRunner's Scars Tell Of A Survivor's Story


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NBA

Friday's Games

Philadelphia 89, Washington 81

Indiana 93, Cleveland 86

Atlanta 95, Orlando 88

Golden State 113, Toronto 89

New York 121, Detroit 115,2OT

Boston 106, Charlotte 98

New Orleans 104, Miami 102

Chicago 96, Minnesota 89

Houston 102, Brooklyn 98

L.A. Clippers 97, Memphis 79

Utah 104, Denver 82

San Antonio 107, Sacramento 96

L.A. Lakers 101, Milwaukee 93

Portland 115, Oklahoma City 112

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Detroit at Washington, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Memphis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Milwaukee at Utah, 9 p.m.

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Colorado 5, Dallas 4, SO

Boston 3, New Jersey 2, OT

N.Y. Islanders 2, Calgary 1

Carolina 3, Washington 0

Tampa Bay 4, Chicago 0

Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 2

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Detroit at Nashville, 3 p.m.

Carolina at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Arizona at Boston, 5:30 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m.

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St. Louis at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

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( 4) Duke vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m.

( 6) Villanova at Xavier, 2 p.m.

( 7) Arizona at (13) Utah, 9 p.m.

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(10) Northern Iowa at (11) Wichita State, 2 p.m.

(12) Iowa State at Kansas State, 4 p.m.

(14) Maryland vs. Michigan, Noon

(15) North Carolina at Miami, 2 p.m.

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(22) VCU vs. Dayton, 2 p.m.

(23) Butler at DePaul, 2 p.m.

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TOP-25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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(10) Arizona St. 46, Utah 42

(14) Princeton 67, Yale 49

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( 7) Oregon State vs. California, 6 p.m.

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