Thankful for Volunteers.
Proud of my Community.
In LOVE with Running.
Well after months of planning and lots of excitement the 1st ever Run For Holland has came and gone. After having a day to reflect on Sunday I was able to look back in amazement at a few things.
First, this race COULD NOT have been accomplished without the supporting cast. From my board of directors ( Anita Burleson, Paula Duncan, Joe Miller, Irene Miller, Corey Runyon, Sona Webb, Jennifer Gibson, Kevin Hughes, Ashley Crowder, Maria Grindstaff, Deborah Houston) who put in many hours to make all the parts fit together. To the countless volunteers who were absolute superstars the day of the race! Thank you so much for jumping in to this adventure with me for this year and many to come.
Second, I could not be more proud of the community I live in any more than I was Saturday morning as we completed the race from start to finish. As I push Holland up the hill to the start line I realized that there were SO MANY people there. As Tammy Scott (Aktion Club president) read the Run For Holland story the reason for this event came to the for front and all my nerves melted away. The national anthem (performed flawlessly by our state champion show choir) gave me a second to catch my breath among the madness. And then Randy Bonners prayer brought an overwhelming feeling of love to my heart that summed up the love that this community has brought to Holland, Brooke and me through out this process. I was asked to speak at church on Sunday and I spoke about the feelings I had when I found out that Holland would be born with Down syndrome. That I was angry because I didn’t want her to have to grow up in such a mean and cruel world. I imagined that she would be made fun of and picked on by her peers. HOWEVER, I realized Saturday that some of the world may be cruel but our community is not that world. MY COMMUNITY is one filled with love and understanding for those who may be a little bit different. As we ran through our community there were residents and spectators at every corner cheering on every runner and walker. I never would have dreamed of that kind of support.
Lastly, it became clear that there is a running buzz growing in this community like non I have ever seen. I heard things like “this has motivated me to stay in shape” or that “She literally has been changed by the whole experience and has turned a corner in her fitness” and that is just a cherry on top for me as a fitness enthusiast.
So to everyone one of you I have to say Thank You for being you and keep up the happy running!