I Run For Lily, Myself, and Many Others

I started running for Lily, my daughter.  Of course, standing next to Adam Burleson for almost 8 hours a day at work had nothing to do with it!

There were two prevalent events that led to my running adventure.  The first being 2 flights of stairs at work that left me breathing Heavy.  The second, and this is where Lily comes in, was a conversation with my daughter while putting on my work boots.  She was age 7 at the time.

Lily, “Daddy are you okay?”  Me, astonished, “Why, what are you talking about?”  Lily, “Your face is red and your making funny noises.”

That was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.  I ran 300 miles last year, but it should be noted, I still get red faced and make funny noises when I put my boots on.

I haven’t stopped running for Lily, but my running story is constantly evolving.  I also run for Holland, who is changing the world daily.  At less than 1 year old she has touched the lives of many.  Now, as I evolve, I run for others too.  I run for Alex, Schizencephaly.  I run for Tessie, another with Down syndrome.  I run for Gus, also Down syndrome.  I run for Jonathan, Aspergers.  I run for Joe, and other new runners.  Running for a cause greater than myself has made me a better runner and, more importantly, a better person.

My first 5k race was the 3-2-1 Dash for Down syndrome in Charlotte.  I have no future plans for my last race.

~Corey Runyon~

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Thank You!


Welcome to the Run For Holland 5K for Down syndrome awareness! Presented by Run For Holland Foundation.

Thank you! On behalf of the Run For Holland Foundation and the Run For Holland board of directors, thank you. Thank you for all the support, love, and encouragement that has been given to us through planning this fantastic race. It is our hope that with you all we can grow this event into more than just a 5K and 10K race that happens once a year. We want the Run For Holland idea to spread through our community like wildfire and give families and individuals the love and support they deserve.

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If you have any questions about how to register, volunteering or any other questions, please contact Race Organizer...Adam Burleson.

Phone:    (828) 385-2341
Race Location: Riverside Park 200 E Tappan St Spruce Pine , NC 28777

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