The sisters at St. Charles pray about many things, and as Labor Day approaches each summer we ask the Lord for nice weather for the day of our big road race. He has not disappointed us yet! We have things cooling off by Monday, and the temperature should still be in the 60s when the gun goes off at 9 AM. I cannot ask for a nicer forecast.
Some runners have told me they like our new website, but they miss the thermometer showing the number of runners who have registered! I am still in the process of learning how to navigate the back end of our website, so maybe by next year I will have figured out a way to put our thermometer back. But in case anyone is wondering, we have 711 runners pre-registered as I write this blog. Online registration continues until 11 PM tonight, so that number may go up. I am excited to say we have already surpassed last year’s record of pre-registered runners, which was 689. As anyone familiar with my former home made website knows, our goal is to reach 1000 runners. So call your friends and bring them along! Walkers are welcome too. We have great food and a really big raffle. In another post I intend to highlight some of our bigger raffle prizes this year.
Several months ago, someone suggested to me that I give up the road race and find more efficient ways to raise money for St. Charles. I was deeply distressed at even thinking about not having our race! But the question helped me to reflect about how much this race really does mean to me. It has been the highlight of every year for me since it began in 1997. There is just something so special for me when I see so many people gathered to support our work with the children at St. Charles. I love it when the gun goes off and I watch the runners all start: the energy and enthusiasm are amazing. Another special moment is when we call all of our children up at awards time so everyone can recognize the St. Charles Eagles. This year, most of our children have just begun living at St. Charles a few weeks ago. This will be their very first race. Each of them will be a winner, because when they cross the finish line they will have set their first “personal record” and will be able to receive our unique “PR Awards” during the awards ceremony. Some of them are eagerly anticipating the race, and ask me about it every time they see me. I can’t wait to see their response on race day.
Thank you to all the runners who come each year and make this such a wonderful event.