“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
When a virtual buddy of mine asked if I’d be interested in running a virtual 5K, I imagined strapping on a helmet with goggles that would stream a 3.1 mile course through kaleidoscope scenery from the Magical Mystery Tour before crossing the finish line without ever breaking a sweat. Then I received a packet in the mail with a bib number, medal and Thank You letter for participating in the Independence Day Virtual 5K Run/Walk, Relay for Life supporting the American Cancer Society. Hmmm… this is for real!
The Independence Day Virtual 5K Run/Walk, Relay for Life was a creation of Chuck Douros, a fellow-runner, writer and organic gardener from California. Chuck and I have a strong virtual relationship that evolved from our common interest and themes we write about in our blogs. Chuck contacted me several months ago with the idea to sponsor a 5K to raise money for cancer patient services, education, research and advocacy. I told him that I was in. When he asked if I’d donate a few copies of Twenty-four Years to Boston to raffle to the first runners who registered, I said, “Of course!”
The day of the race I was in Point Pleasant, New Jersey for a beach wedding of a friend’s daughter. I walked down to the lobby in the morning and bumped into another friend’s daughter who’d just returned from a run. When I told her I was on my way to run a virtual 5K, she asked, “What the hell is a virtual 5K?” Let me fill you in:
The concept of the virtual run is that you register and then run the distance wherever you want, so people who participated in the race literally ran in locations around the country on the same day for the same cause. Down the shore on July 4th for a wedding, you can imagine how happy I was that it was only a 5K. Anything longer would have been cruel and unusual punishment.
View pictures and messages the runners posted on the Virtual 5K Facebook Page. I didn’t have my iPhone with me for the run, so the best I could do was the picture below and Vine I shot at the wedding.
I want to thank Chuck for taking the initiative to coordinate the Virtual 5K. You are a true humanitarian, Chuck. You can visit his website at http://www.chuckdouros.com/Home.html and his blog at runwritedig.