Running with Champions

This morning I was privileged enough to run with Team Heart & Sole as we finished the 40th Annual Great Pumpkin Run in Grandview. What an experience! This non-profit organization makes a huge difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing them with inclusive opportunities to participate in endurance racing events all across Ohio. Despite the weather being a bit damp, we had a great turn out with almost a dozen kids. Each of these champions had a team of about 2-3 runners pushing them along.

I had never done anything like this before and when I showed up this morning I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. At the starting line, I was a tad bit anxious; I mean, I’m not the greatest with a heavy shopping cart at the grocery store, and at least at the store you don’t have to worry about pot holes. :-/ Nonetheless, the anxiety didn’t last long and was quickly replaced by warm feelings of gratification. All these kids had smiles on their faces, and making them feel like they were conquering the world was more rewarding than I can put into words. I certainly hope to have more opportunities to run with this great organization.


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