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“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time,
“Just the week prior I was running alongside Chevis and she was telling me all about the family trip they had planned the next week,” said Waconia head coach Deb Lensing. “She was living a life just like the rest of our Moms on the Run -- planning vacations and enjoying the summer. But when Chevis lost her son, we all felt her pain, as losing a child is every mother’s worst nightmare."
Lensing and the other Waconia MOTR teammates decided to dedicate a weeknight workout to Chevis by wearing green (Daniel’s favorite color) and sharing their photos in social media with the hashtags #MOTRstrong and #Run4Daniel. Next up was a local Fourth of July race, where the team again dressed in green and dedicated the miles to #Run4Daniel. Much to the surprise of Lensing and her team, Chevis and her husband, Dan, showed up in green to also run the race.
“This was just one week after the loss of their son,” Lensing added.
Chevis continued to inspire her teammates as well as other Moms on the Run locations by showing up for weekly workouts. She also kept her commitment to run the Ragnar Great River Relay, painting her toes green and inspiring everyone on her team to run through the night and fight the fatigue, hills, heat and humidity. The team crossed the finish line together, while keeping #Run4Daniel and #MOTRstrong top of mind.
Thank you, Chevis! You -- and through you, Daniel -- are true inspirations!
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