Saturday, May 6th 2017 @ 8:45 AM
200 E Tappan St
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Categories and Awards – CASH PRIZES IN 2017!
The 5K and 10K races will have Cash Prizes For Overall 1-3. 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $30, 1st Place Masters (40+) – $50. with custom Run For Holland medals for 2nd and third places as well as masters and age group winners (13 & under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)
7:00 Registration and Packet Pickup Opens
8:15 Registration and Packet Pickup Closes
8:30 1 Mile Fun Run
8:45 5K and 10K Race Start
First Baptist Church
125 W Tappan St
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Either direction you drive in you will be on Summit Avenue. On Summit Avenue you will be directed to park in the multiple parking lots
at the old Pinebridge Coliseum and Inn. There will be overflow parking at the cross street building, first baptist church, and Ingles.
Appalachian Exposures Photography
If you would like race day pictures there will be professional pictures available through Appalachian Exposures. When you purchase
a photo from them they proceeds come right back to Run For Holland!
2015 Pictures (Only Available for Limited Time)
“Welcome to Holland” By Emily Perl Kingsley
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……
When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says,
“Welcome to Holland.”
“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”
But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say
“Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.
1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved