Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sharing our Strength

Starbucks Run for Women, Because I am a Girl event took place on Saturday, June 23rd.

                                                    learn more at Because I am a Girl!

Top of the Hill!
We gathered, young and older, to support the education and empowerment of girls and women. No one should be discriminated because of gender. There was much light-hearted dialogue, dancing and cheering as we gathered below the overcast and drizzly skies. Somehow, our joined efforts kept the rains from coming down until later that afternoon (or at least that's my belief!).

Seeing women encourage and challenge each other up and down the hills at Baker Park was not less than inspiring. Winding around the curving paths in a sea of mauve t-shirts, you were proud to be a woman.

Each of us had a goal, hard fought for through early Sunday morning walks, wet shoes and blistered heals. Hours of dedication fueled this day. Each won their individual race; a first race ever, a first race with a pint-sized daughter, a first race with a new friend, a first race after chemo ended, and hundreds of other stories.

Whatever the goal, each face shone with delight as we crossed the finish line.

Congrats to everyone who completed and to our partners who supported our efforts, took photographs, rang bells and provided hugs at the end of the race.

We are each better prepared to set a new finish line and a new goal.

Home Stretch.

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