Well, the Run Strong, Think Big Virtual Race is done! Everyone did a fantastic job and the pics I got have all been awesome!
I said this before, that it is hard for me to put into words how thankful I am for all the love and support I have gotten, but it's true. I have been sitting here for 40 minutes and this is only my fourth sentence.
So let’s start with the stats. We had 58 runners in four countries participating. Together, we raised $1,385! I was hoping for a minimum of 50 racers, which would have raised $1,000. You have exceeded my expectations, and for that, I am grateful.
Your donation for the race is going towards the research for a cure for Blood Cancers. Just so you know, every dollar you gave went straight to LLS, which is why I had you sign up via my fundraising page. The cost of the medals and shipping is mine and Mr. RWM's way of saying thank you for your support.
By running this past weekend, you supported me and my friend Shawna. But most importantly, you ran to remember Haley. She is the reason I am here writing this.
On to Saturday! This was race day for me. I was thrilled to have six of my friends come and run with me. On Friday night, Elaine and I went out with sidewalk chalk and made a start and finish line along with mile markers and a few encouraging words along the route she had mapped out for us. Thanks Elaine!
We were a mixed group of runners. We had a couple that have run marathons and we had one who never completed a 5k and everything in between. We ran together for the first two miles and let me tell you, there is nothing better than running with a group of your friends. We talked and laughed and it was everything I hoped it would be. After mile two, we spread out a bit, but not by much.
My driveway was the finish line and there we were greeted by two husbands and four kids holding signs, ringing a cowbell, taking pictures and handing us our medals. This to date has been my favorite finish line. It may not be an official one, but all my favorite people were there and I can think of nothing better than that.
I have spent a lot of time on the computer waiting to hear how everyone’s race went and see the pics. I have not been disappointed. You all did a fantastic job and I love every picture I got so far.
Please feel free to add pics to my FB page and don't forget to let me know if you write a blog about it. I really look forward to reading each of them.
Pictures and stories are still coming in and I promise to comment on all of them. I started addressing and stuffing envelopes last night with your medals and hope to have them all in the mail by this Friday.
Thanks again for participating my friends!
Run Strong, Think Big!