Lots of people run for different reasons. Some run to relieve stress, to improve health, to spend time with friends. Then there are those special people that run for a cause or a person. When you are running in races you see all types of people and you can see some of the reasons they run. I have learned to pay attention to the people I run along side just as much as I watch for pot holes or look for that next water station. I read the shirts on their backs or the signs they carry. Sometimes I see names or pictures of loved ones, others have a cause or a need for awareness. I reflect on their stores and look at their determination. It’s inspiring to see them aspire to that next mile, the finish line, that purpose for running.
This year I was the one running for a purpose and a cause. I had an organization on my chest and a name in my heart. I had a will to train and a purpose in each of my steps. I found a bond with my coworkers, family, and friends as I shared the message of GRIT and received their donations. Through all the races I accomplished this year, I felt the crowds and spectators were not just cheering me on but were also cheering for Nicholas and what he lived for. It was a great running season and I look forward to next year, that next race, and to be continually inspired by a little boy and his big legacy. – By Kristi Cable
Left to Right: Janet Brumbelow, Sarah Lindblom, Kristi Castello, and Kristi Cable.