April 15 had many happy returns. Great weather, great participants, and an awesome $3,078 donated to The Baby Fold by the 94 participants and three others that could not attend. Both the total attendance and the amount contributed are records for The Baby Fold ABC Runs.
Aimee Beam, VP of Development and PR at The Baby Fold, was a great host, greeting us as we arrived and making sure we had water and sports drink. Before we ran, we awarded a new traveling award for “ABC Top Team” based on participation. This little award, a baton, spurred friendly competition to increase attendance. Be Strong, with 15 participants, won by edging out strong competition from Gold’s Gym, Often Running Racing Team. Fleet Feet, and 261 Fearless. After the group photos, we headed out for our run. Some did the 3-mile route up the trail to near I55 and back, some went to the end of the trail and back for a total of 7 miles, and some chose to go farther. Erin Furimsky was the most ambitious by covering 20 miles, including 11 miles before the official start time.
The post-run pot luck feast was great as usual, including coffee cake and a casserole from Meg Anderson, banana bars from Cindy Friedrich, cookies and cuties from Annette Lobdell, and more. The large turnout (44 more participants than last year) was a surprise, so Sharri Pelarske cut her run short to make a quick grocery run for bagels, cream cheese, and bananas. Thanks so much to everyone for making this event great fun and another huge success!