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Consider the following sentence:

Sam ran to the university pool.

Does the running action have an ending point in the past?

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Yes, because the action was completed. If the action wasn't completed, you would have to say

Sam is running to the university pool.

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Or was running, perhaps, in some narrative past continuous. –  tchrist Nov 10 '12 at 19:07
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I think OP's specific point might be better illustrated by contrasting with "Sam ran towards the university pool." In that case, for all we know he might still not have reached the pool yet, but with "to", the implication is both the running and the getting to the pool are "past" actions. –  FumbleFingers Nov 10 '12 at 20:04
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