Last weekend was the third annual Running 4 Rob 5k event to support our family. This all started in 2013 when Melissa wanted to get a group of friends to participate in the Team Gleason Virtual 5k and run together at Bluff Point in Groton, CT. Our friends did sign up for the Team Gleason race but also came together to organize a race to benefit us at the same time. This has been a yearly event since.
Our friends work every year to organize everything from the scheduling to online sign up to tee shirts, etc… The night before the run they have an in person registration at a local park with dinners and baked treats to purchase and enjoy while listening to some background music. This is always so much fun for me to get out and see so many good people and it always lifts my spirits.
The race day was awesome too. This year we had 286 registered runners and walkers! There was the threat of rain but the weather turned out beautiful. We saw so many friends, aquaintances and even some people that we met for the first time that day. There was a bridal party that heard of the run and ran together too.
We are constantly reminded of what awesome friends we have to go to the effort to pull this off every year. Not only do these events help us so tremendously but also raises our spirits so much. We are so grateful for the support from our friends and community!