This event, a small hometown supported event was handled flawlessly. They had a Zumba warm up, followed by a moment of silence to remember those lost. Then a dove release! It was beautiful and moving.
The runners started off in waves, followed lastly by the walkers. While I waited for everyone to come back I snacked on some pistachios. Planning my meals for when I am going to be away is difficult, but to stay on track.
As people finished, the DJ encouraged everyone to line the fence as the last couple of people crossed the finish line, flanked by family, fire fighters and friends. A survivor, walking with a boot on her foot, pushing her baby who was also one of the few to be rescued. It was emotional, it was amazing and I hope it will bring them some peace. As of this writing, over $5,000 was raised on the day of the event in cash alone. Credit cards, donations from vendors and other donations are still waiting to be counted.
Not a dry eye around!
The day was beautiful, the sun was out and I was thankful for my Merrell All Out Rush ($119.95 at Online Shoes) to keep my feet comfy on the uneven terrain.
I feel blessed to be a part of this even and I hope next year I can come back as a sponsor again.
How was your weekend?.