Today, I finished my second Falmouth Road Race for the MDSC (or really any other charity, but the MDSC represents our family, so it’s natural that I represent them). As I said to my wife, “another project done that took 6 months”. To reflect on the experience, I thought I would give you 7 reasons, one for each of the miles in the race.
Where to start..how about at the start?
Oh ha-ha, Steve, you are too funny. OK let’s try again.
- It’s good for you. I’m down 12 pounds since March, which is a funny because I’m also probably up an several pounds in muscle. Running is good for your heart, good for your legs (except for your knees), and good for your mind.
- You meet some wonderful people. This year, I met Dick Hoyt, who is half of Team Hoyt. We had a very nice conversation and he struck me a genuinely nice man. He has been a hero of mine since I read a Sports Illustrated column about him
- It’s a good example for your kids (and everyone else). My kids get to see me (and other runners) who are acting in a way to help a charity. That will stick with them for a long time.
- This race is just plain fun. There are a lot of people along the route who cheer you on, offer you high fives, play music for you, spray you with a hose. I made a point this time around to accept the high fives, wave to people, get sprayed, and cheer on my fellow runners.
- It helps the MDSC in numerous ways, including money (used to help other families who have members with Down syndrome), publicity, and awareness. The team’s runners this year raised over $42,000 for the MDSC. With your help and support, I raised over $3400 of that (THANK YOU!).
- It feels good; it feels right. The MDSC has given us a lot: education, information, taught us to be advocates. It feels good to be able to give back.
- Finally, it’s for my daughter. Of course. Maybe someday I’ll be strong enough to push her like Dick Hoyt. Someday.