A Letter from the Organizer of Run Me Home 2011
I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who participated in the start of a very special tradition here in Loudoun County, Run Me Home. Whether you sponsored the race, made a personal donation, volunteered your time and your talents, or lined up at the starting line and gave us a reason to cheer on that sunny Saturday morning, you made this event special.
And it was special . . . Some of the highlights of Run Me Home 2011 included: 419 registered runners for all three events, over 200 of which participated in the 5k, 11,000 + visitors to our website (RunMeHome.com) since mid February, nearly a thousand on race day alone, a race morning highlighted by sunny skies and cool temperatures, a 5k finish that featured winner Tim Ratliff edging out runner up William Waskes by 1 second. Our 10k concluded with a moment that will be talked about for years, as our final runner of the day, 76 year old Paul Christopher approached the finish line, racers and fans gathered around and welcomed him across the finish to a deafening round of applause and cheers.
After the event was completed Saturday afternoon, I had some time to reflect (and exhale too). Several runners told me they were ready to sign up for next year, but perhaps the nicest compliment we received from some of the experienced runners in the race was that “the race didn’t feel like a first year event.” Thank you sponsors and volunteers for delivering a first class event!
While race day was full of smiles and excitement, we did some good things too. The mission of Run Me Home is “Helping Children Find Loving Homes.” I’m proud to say that our 2011 event raised approximately $9,000 to benefit children in Loudoun County Foster Care and Adoptive Services.
I wanted to share one last thing with you before we do it all again next year. On Saturday, May 14th, my wife April and I had the privilege of attending the annual Foster Care Appreciation Luncheon. During the luncheon we had the opportunity to hear first hand accounts of how foster parents in Loudoun County are making a difference in the lives of children. Each of these stories had two underlying themes: foster parents that simply refused to give up and a capacity to love beyond expectation. One account reflected a misunderstood teen asking his foster mom, why do you love me so much? Her answer was simple, “Because you’re worth it.” That simple answer has made all the difference in the life of a child.
Again, thanks to each of you that participated in Run Me Home 2011, your support is quietly making a difference in the lives of many children.