Love Runs Recap

Saturday morning was the first annual Love Runs 5K to raise money to build a classroom for kids in Gulu, Uganda. I set my alarm for 5:30, bundled Valentine up in the car and arrived at The Frisco Trail on a clear morning with a cool breeze. My friends Rachel and Melissa were there to run and we quickly snapped a few pictures, smiling giddily and me proudly sporting those puffy-early-morning-eyes. 

Logan and I bought a ticket for Valentine as an early birthday present. We think it will be fun and poignant to one day tell her that a little girl her age will be able to go to school in part because of her participation in the run.

My friends and I decided to run the entire 5K using the Speed Play method from May Summer Shape Up. We walked 5 minutes, ran 3 minutes the whole time. We laughed and told stories surrounded by the sweet scent of honeysuckle. 

When we neared the end, we saw the crowd of husbands and children cheering us on at the finish line. After all the high-fives and hugs, we gathered in the parking lot to pray for the children and workers in Gulu, Uganda and the school we hope to build one day.

Then, to top it all off, we converged on a local coffee shop and celebrated with fresh, warm donuts. 

I was so happy to be able to participate in this unique, fun and meaningful event. Altogether, people raised $17,157.48! We’re still several thousand dollars shy of our goal of $30,000, so if you were unable to participate in the run, but would like to help children receive an education they might not otherwise receive, you can donate here

Thank you, Allison, for recognizing a good idea as the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and for making it a reality. Happy, happy birthday.


Posted by Aanna on Monday, May 27th, 2013


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