Runners seem compelled to come together in support of a cause greater than ourselves. That’s why I was grateful but not surprised to learn that X3 Endurance and Nashville Running Company have put together an event to raise funds for the families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre.
Called 26.4.26, the event will take place in East Nashville. Runners can choose among 6.5, 13, 19.5 or 26 mile distances. All that’s asked is that each runner donates at least one dollar per mile run. My schedule calls for a six mile run tomorrow, so I registered for the 6.5 miler.
There will be no racing bibs, no road closings and no finisher medals. Those things aren’t important. This event was put together in less than a week and it’s grown so quickly that the route had to be revised so that the start could be moved to L.P. Field (home of the Tennessee Titans) to accommodate parking needs.
Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page if you want to learn more. Even if you don’t live in Nashville, I hope you’ll give it a read and hopefully events like this will spring up across the country.
I’m still recovering from tendonitis in both feet and my run will be slow and ugly. But I don’t care. All that really matters is my donation will hopefully do a bit of good. And I’ll have this taped to my outer layer of clothing: