The race featured fun for the whole family. The kids were able to take part in balloon art, face painting, crazy hair and sign making (yay, moms!), before their own 1/2 mile “Run with an Olympian” and kiddie dash. Our after-party included lots of prizes and fun food trucks: Inferno Wood Fire Pizza, VB & J’s (smoothies and vegan goodies), and Chip’s Thai Gourmet Kitchen (pad Thai, fried rice, egg rolls and chicken wings). And a big thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. We’re so grateful for you!
Thank you also to TC Running Company, who generously provided prizes; UCAN, for supplying much needed energy and nutrition for our runners; Kowalski’s for supplying all the water and bananas, Pearson’s Candy for supplying some sweet and salty snacks, and Rachel Baar with Beautycounter and Norwex for the generous prize baskets. We appreciate you!
Rosalie started her journey in 2018. It wasn’t a running journey, however, but one that would save her life. In January of 2018, she received the call after a routine mammogram that she had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma — breast cancer. That year was full of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. During that time, she made it her goal to run the Donna Half Marathon in Jacksonville, Florida. Proceeds from that run go to breast cancer research and helping families who need financial assistance during treatments. Four months after finishing her own treatment, our honoree completed the Donna Half along with her husband.
After that race, having never been a runner before, our inspiring member decided to join Moms on the Run to continue her efforts to improve her health — and support her friend who had started a Moms on the Run franchise. She has shown up for herself and her team ever since. When asked what she’s learned about herself since joining Moms on the Run, Rosalie shared, “I have learned that, as an introvert, I can enjoy being part of a group! I enjoy being an encourager and laughter-provider while pushing myself to improve my own endurance.” Congrats, Rosalie! You can read more of her story here.
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