Heart of Gold: Photo Gallery

Julius Achon's life has been defined by running. He ran away from civil war in Uganda all the way to the Olympics. But when he saw 11 starving orphans under a bus, he didn't run away. Behind this unsung running hero is a truly moving tale of self sacrifice.

Read Julius's story in the accompanying feature to this photo gallery.

The eldest orphan, Samuel Mugisha, 18, was one of the original kids that Julius found under the bus in Lira that lead him to start his organization.

Julius runs with the orphans followed by a workout at a local track in Lira, Uganda, Thursday, May 12, 2011.

Julius leads stretches and running drills.

Julius runs with the children.

Julius and his father, Deacon Acuma Charles, overlook the construction of the residential quarters for the health clinic they are building in Julius's home village of Awake, Uganda.
Julius runs with the children.

Julius photographed in the field where he was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in his home village of Awake, Uganda. Behind him are the remains of the hut where he was
 raised.

Julius runs with the children.

Julius runs down a path on a golf course in Lira, Uganda.

Julius leads drills at a local track in Lira after the first half of the morning run with the children.

Julius and his father, Deacon Acuma Charles, in the field where Julius was abducted by the LRA in his home village of Awake, Uganda.

Julius takes a tour of Anepmoroto Primary School, the primary school he attended as a child in his home village of Awake.

Julius in his home village of Awake, Uganda.

Former Ugandan Olympic runner Julius Achon runs through the Lira bus park, where he found the original 11 orphans in 2003.

Julius runs down a path on a golf course in Lira, Uganda.

Morning run for Julius on the outskirts of Lira, Uganda.

Morning run for Julius on the outskirts of Lira, Uganda.

Boniface Odongo, 13, is one of the children Julius found under the bus in the Lira bus park in 2003.

Julius and his father, Deacon Acuma Charles, pose for a portrait outside the hut house they built on his father's property to remember where they came from.