Today I participated in my third race of the summer. It was the Heart of the City 10k/5k in Burnsville. Proceeds from the race benefited Kids Feeding Kids. Matt and I really like sharing our gifts as much as possible. I was honored today to be giving to this organization and running for a great cause. The run is also the known as the “Race to Remember.” I registered as an individual, but, others registered as a team and ran or walked in remembrance of a family member or friend who had passed away. When I registered I didn’t even realize that was part of the race. It was something new that the organizers started doing a couple of years ago when one of them lost their daughter.
This race was so special today. Not because it was my best time yet, or that it was beautiful, or that my mom, Owen and Matt came out to cheer me on. It was special because I was inspired and my faith in humankind was restored a little bit today. There has been so much devastation and turmoil in our world near and far lately that I wonder how many”good” people are left?
Today seeing hundreds of people join together to run and walk for the memory of a loved one restored my faith. Some people lost their loved ones recently, while others have been mourning a death for years. Another part of this special day was a dove release for each team that was there running in honor of someone. It was absolutely beautiful. This picture honestly doesn’t do it justice. Each person’s name was read as a dove was released. At the end of the ceremony, three doves were released for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I stood there in awe as people remembered their loved ones and tears fell down their cheeks. I immediately began to think of my aunt, Linda, and how I was going to run today for her, because she never got the opportunity to. I was going to do my best to make her proud.
I know this post is not as much about the physical benefits of running (there are many), but more about what it did for my spirit today. It’s always a special experience every time I lace up my shoes, but especially on race day. Today’s race day is one I will not soon forget. It just proved to me again how important it is to feel a part of the community and the infinite benefits running on exercise in general can have on your mind, body, and soul.
Three items I’m grateful for:
- Beautiful fall days
- Support from my family at my runs
- A great glass of wine