What is the resolution to the story "Raymond's Run"?

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The resolution to "Raymond's Run" involves a fresh insight on the part of Squeaky, who realizes that her brother possesses the talent to be a runner himself. As a result of this realization, Squeaky decides unselfishly that she has more than enough medals, and should, therefore, put her focus now upon training Raymond to become "a great runner in the family tradition."

Toni Bambara's "Raymond's Run" is narrated by Squeaky, the main character, who describes her talents as a runner. In addition, she indicates her love for her mentally challenged brother named Raymond, who accompanies her on her training runs. As she practices on Broadway, a busy street, Squeaky makes sure that Raymond stays on the inside of her so that he will not be injured or killed by the passing cars. Always her focus is upon the safety of her brother; if others try to ridicule him or make unkind comments, Squeaky intercedes.

However, on the day of the race at the park as she prepares to start, Squeaky notices that on the other side of a fence separating them Raymond is in the same position of posing to start as she, except that he has his arms down at his side and his hands upturned. But, as he runs, Raymond's odd posture seems to work efficiently and he speeds along. Squeaky is so taken with watching him that she almost stops herself. When she finishes, Squeaky smiles because whether or not she has won, she has decided, she can always retire and "begin a whole new career as a coach with Raymond as my champion." So joyous a thought is this that Squeaky laughs aloud; furthermore, as Raymond climbs the fence to come to her, Squeaky jumps up and down joyfully at the thoughts of Raymond's success and her first place win. 

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