Anyway...one of my friends knows a board member of a nonprofit called Chloe's Fight. At the same time, my friend Anita's sister has been deeply involved in organizing Chloe's Fight's first 5k fundraising event. This was destined to be the run for us, so we all signed up.
|The ladies -- husbands and children roaming elsewhere.|
All proceeds from the run will be directed to one of two research projects, one of which is being conducted at the University of Minnesota.
In speaking to Anita's sister, they had only 100 runners signed up until the week before the run, when 300 more people signed up. They ultimately ended up with 500 runners and raised more than $16,000 that day.
The best part? Anita was there, donating her artistic talents to solicit more revenue at the event. She did henna art and glitter tattoos for the kids.
So after completing the 5k in record time (for me, that is), I cut in line in front of a whole bunch of kids to get henna.
Actually, Anita had a break in her littlest customers so I could take my turn.
Oh yeah, my "record" time? I completed the race in 33 minutes and 34 seconds, or a pace of 10:49. Running usually causes extreme pain in my left knee (one of the reasons why skating is my sport). My knee will miraculously stop aching the minute I stop running: I take that as a sign that I shouldn't run. My knee didn't start aching until the 2 1/2 mile mark, so it was the fastest 5k I've done.
It was an incredible day, filled with friendship, beautiful weather, a good run and a great cause.