Friends, inmates push their limits

Despite obstacles, they cover ground to help others -- and themselves

Updated: November 27, 2013, 8:56 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

It began, as these things so often do in sports, as a personal challenge. Yesterday's achievement, no matter how audacious, becomes tomorrow's goal to go one better. Failure is not an option. It only drives you to succeed, regardless of the obstacles that might be set in your way.

We'll call them Mike and Joe. They have been friends going on 30 years. Joe is the war hero, the one with the Purple Heart for valor, earned during two tours of duty in Vietnam. He and Mike became friends long ...

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