I have to admit, I’ve done very few races this past year – and all of the ones I’ve participated in have been virtual. I miss the fun of running into and catching up (figuratively) with friends and seeing people’s training pay off. I miss meeting new people at races and the joy that you can see on strangers’ faces as they cross the finish line.
However one thing that has gotten me to sign up for any races at all is that local races support local businesses and local non-profits. One such race is Andy’s Dash for Doernbecher, a virtual 5k raising funds for Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital.
You can still sign up through today for just $20 and then run a 5k between January 22 and January 25. If you miss the deadline, you can still make a donation to Doernbecher’s, of course.
Run your 5k and track it using a GPS tracker (watch or phone), and you can use #andysdash to tag photos on social media. I’ll be running Saturday morning. I found a nice downhill course starting at the top of Bull Mountain, and I’ll be running while thinking of all the good that Doernbecher’s does. When I was a kiddo, I had a kidney operation, so I have a soft spot for all the little patients and their nurses, caregivers, and doctors. I’m lucky to have gotten the care I did and Doernbecher’s offers that same top-notch care, love, and hope to families in our area.