The week before I played in the Hockey championship in 2003*, I was told a great story by my coach, whose message still resonates with me to this day.
There was a platoon of Israeli Soldiers who were in basic training, and one of the last drills of the day was running a lap around the entire base. In an effort to ensure that the soldiers would all try their hardest, the commander declared that whoever came in last would lose their day off. The soldiers began to sprint and try to win the race. Entering the last stretch, the soldier in the lead quickly fell down in pain. The person directly behind him did not want him to be last so he put his arm around him and started walking with him to the finish line. All of a sudden (and completely unplanned) as each soldier passes these 2, they all joined this growing line and linked arms. They crossed the line in unison with their arms all linked, and the commander was so taken aback that no one was penalized the day off.
Moral of the story; don’t run. But also, these are the kinds of people that you want to surround yourself with. Of course no one is a bad person, but the friends you want are the ones who will link arms with you and aren’t "racing" you.
*we ended up getting destroyed by HAFTR 7-3. I had 2 penalties, I accidentally separated a kids shoulder, and then I was benched for the rest of the game. Good times.