Snapshot Saturday: The 26.4.26


The Saturday before Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year, what with all of the last minute shopping and cooking. But more than 900 people set that aside this morning. We had cold hands and warm hearts as we gathered at Nashville’s L.P. Field to participate in 26.4.26, a fundraiser for the families of Newtown, Ct. Participants could chose from 6.5, 13, 19.5 and 26 mile distances. My training schedule called for six miles so I did one loop.

I ran into Scott, a fabulous young man I taught in Sunday School class when he was just a little guy. He’s grown and married now. He also ran the 6.5. It was his longest run ever. Go, Scott!

I started with the final wave group and slowly jogged every step of the course. I wondered how my poor tendons would fare. I could feel the bone spurs on the top of my right foot, but everything else felt great. Just shows what a little cortisone and Celebrex can do.

Waiting my turn to get into the parking lot. I was glad to see so many cars.

Waiting my turn to get into the parking lot. I was glad to see so many cars.

A little shout-out to the event organizer.

A little shout-out to the event organizer.

Waiting for run time.

Brr! Waiting for run time in 28-degree temps.

Our local news stations and The Tennessean newspaper have been great to the event.

Our local news stations and The Tennessean newspaper have been great about spreading the word.

It was heart warming to see everyone wearing their angel cards. I ran for Jesse Lewis, age 6.

It was touching to see everyone wearing their angel cards. I ran for Jesse Lewis, age 6.

Four-legged runners welcome!

Four-legged runners welcome!

Lined up and ready to go!

Lined up and ready to go!

Green and white balloons were released in honor of the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary.

Green and white balloons were released in honor of the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary.

Running in formation.

Running in formation.

The back of the green shirt says "Running for Sandy Hook.."

The back of the green shirt says “Running for Sandy Hook.”

I've run three half marathons that include this stretch of road. Always happy to see L.P. Field at a certain bend in the road. Only a little bit more to go.

I’ve run three half marathons that include this stretch of road. Always happy to see L.P. Field at a certain bend in the road. Only a little bit more to go.

While I am deeply sorry for the occasion I am grateful Nashvillians were provided an opportunity to do something to help those precious families in Newtown. And when the check for financial assistance is delivered, they’ll know we care.

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