It’s race week. Usually I am excited- planning out my outfit, making a new playlist but this time the sneaks are staying in the closet and I will be wearing the race director hat!
To say I’m terrified is an understatement.
At first I was scared it would be a complete flop. No one would want to come to my town to run, maybe it would rain, what if the permits didn’t get approved? What if no one helped?
Instead we are looking at 100 pre-registered runners & walkers, tons of volunteers and loads of great prizes for the finishers raffle.
I have always loved the community in which I was raised and still live in but now, I must say I have a new appreciation for it.
I have been contacted by so many complete strangers, businesses, friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members that want to help in any way they can. It is awseome and makes me tear up everytime I think about it.
Everyday it amazes me how easy it has been to organize the Strike Out ALS 5k run & 2 mile walk but again I must thank the community. Every phone call I have made or email I’ve sent I get the same response: YES! So many of my friends and neighbors have gone above and beyond to collect prizes, coordinate volunteers, sign up to pick up trash or even just hang up signs.
The event came about by my neighbors daughter, who’s father has been diagnosed with ALS. It is such a terribly unfair disease- however if you ever had the pleasure to meet my neighbor you wouldn’t know it even bothers him.
Another member of the community has also been diagnosed with ALS and she will also be participating in the event. She wrote me a letter and I cannot stop thinking about it. She wrote, “I began my fight with ALS in September. I’ve lost my voice but not my hope or love for life!”
Isn’t that what it is all about? Holding onto hope that everything will be ok? Living life to it’s fullest?
Saturday will come and go for some of the participants. Some may set a PR, some may win really cool prizes, some may not even realize they are helping raise money for a the local ALS clinic.
For me I know it is a day I will never forget.
I have a few hopes for the event:
My hope is that my neighbor and the other community members effected by ALS will feel the love and support of the community that I have felt while planning.
My hope is that they smile and enjoy the day because it is all about them!
My hope that this event inspires someone else to give back.