Wearing Three Hats and A Colorful Shirt at This Year’s Color Run
- Training: Some of the participants were running their first 5K and just like the students at the Academies, there is a lot of training (and preparation) that goes into finishing and succeeding.
- Support: Students get a lot of support from staff, teachers and administrators at the Simon Youth Academies – and while I doubt they hear hooting, hollering and get colors thrown on them, they are supported along the way. Just like the volunteers on the course who wanted the runners to succeed, there are a lot of Simon employees and supporters wanting to see students succeed too.
- Cutters and quitters: There were a few runners who I saw stop, cut corners and even quit. I can only imagine that there are times in their lives that these young students – many of whom are faced with insurmountable challenges, want to do the same. However, with the support they receive from SYF, they find a way to continue on.
- A celebration like no other: The finish line was a colorful, crazy and fun celebration. People lined up to cheer on their friends and family, pictures were taken to commemorate the memories and runners celebrated the finish. Again, as I tried to make a connection, I couldn’t help but think what an amazing celebration it must be for the students who have received $10 million in scholarships from SYF and for the 10,000 Academy students who train, prep, work hard and cross their own finish line.
So wearing my three hats again, I want to first say thank you to The Color Run for partnering with SYF; thank my volunteer partners who made my shift fun; and as a runner I want to thank everyone for truly making it a great experience. The Color Run truly is the “happiest 5K” – and I have my colorful shirt to remember it!
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