As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been feeling a little stressed lately. Nothing bad is happening, but it’s just a busy time across the board – professionally and personally – and I feel a bit frazzled, preoccupied, and tired. This morning, I also felt like I could be coming down with a cold, and the convergence of my stress and fatigue made me start to feel a little sorry for myself.
And then I read the “Other Voices” blog on Runner’s World and got a big healthy dose of perspective. Today’s post was from Audie Dennis, the race director of the Boomtown Run Half Marathon in Joplin, Missouri. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to read the entire post. Dennis describes, in vivid detail, the aftermath of the deadliest single tornado to hit our country in more than 60 years. I just can’t even imagine – how it’s possible that your home, your work, your favorite park – could literally be wiped off the earth as if it never existed, or that you could lose someone you love in an instant, with no chance of saying goodbye.
But the human spirit is resilient and strong. And so are runners. The Boomtown Run (half marathon and 5k), which was supposed to take place on June 11, is technically canceled. But, race organizers are inviting runners to show up at the starting line on the day of the race to participate in a memorial service and then take to the community to pitch in and clean up.
Per this article in RW Daily: “The idea came out of an emergency meeting of our exec committee yesterday morning,” Dennis says. “We had received a ton of emails from runners saying they wanted to come help, run or no run. While we did not feel we will be ready to host them with a safe, secure run, we felt this would give them an avenue to help in a positive, concrete way.”
In addition, though the race is canceled, the organizers are still accepting registrations. Because once they cover their incurred expenses, “any and all remaining proceeds will be donated directly to the United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas to assist with tornado recovery efforts.”
So, I just registered for the Boomtown Run 5k and will plan to run (at least) 3.1 miles this weekend in honor of Joplin, with appreciation for the running community (which has brought me so much joy), and with extreme gratitude for the many, many blessings I have in my life.
Miles run since last post: 20; total miles for the year: 259.3.