Leading up to last Friday's event people asked me what "Run 4 a Healthy Glow" is all about. "Is it a Doctor Yum Project fundraiser? Is it a contest? What is it really all about?"
"Run 4 a Healthy Glow" is our event to promote activity with a family-friendly, community-building event. This family run is a departure from the usual sedentary pizza/movie night. It's a time to be active, to drink in the outdoors, to gather with family and friends and run freely. It's a time to sip on fruit water and learn about how some other awesome organizations in our community can help families to stay healthy. We also felt it was important to encourage as many families as possible to join the fun by making the event free.
Members of the Doctor Yum Project worked hard to make sure our second annual "Run 4 a Healthy Glow" was better than our surprisingly excellent first year. We planned more glow, more participants, more music, surprise performances and more prizes. The weather forecast tortured us all week, with possible rain predicted, but on the last day the sun came out and the evening forecast looked perfect.
At 7:30 pm the crowded poured in with tons of outrageous glowing outfits. The music was pumping and the warm-ups were underway. The night was unfolding perfectly.
And then the rain came.
"Are you serious?" we all asked. Our board members and organizers looked at each other in disbelief. The radar showed clear skies throughout Virginia with a small rain cloud right over Fredericksburg. Unbelievable!
But despite the storm what unfolded was still awesome. Yes, a few families ran from the field to their cars. But the rest of the crowd quickly gathered at the starting line and ran. Joyfully. In the rain. Kids could be heard screaming "THIS IS AWESOME!" It was a moment when children were happier than ever, and parents forgot about how they were going to have to clean muddy shoes or that it was past everyone's bedtime. I saw parents and kids running together joyfully, many holding hands in the rain. It was beautiful.
So we didn't get to have our dance party (the DJ's speakers were ruined). Our surprise performance never happened (stay tuned for it at future event). We couldn't announce our prize winners (we are still holding the raffles so watch our Facebook page). But the event, despite the weather, showed us that we have an awesome community, and that rain or shine, we can be still be active, eat fruit, and gather together for a good time.....and there's always next year!
If you are interested in helping the Doctor Yum Project to bring our mission full circle, consider supporting our new Kids Teaching Garden. Visit our Kickstarter campaign where pledging as little as one dollar by May 29th will help our dream come true!