Thursday, February 27, 2014

9/11 Memorial Half Marathon Planning Committee

Yesterday, the planning committee for the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon met for the first time this year.  This is my third year to sit on this committee.  It is an honor, though I (admittedly) offer little more than elbow grease on race day and a random idea here or there. The others on this committee -- Dr. David Seago, Amanda Fontaine, Larry/Josh Swales, Cindy Ford, Bridget Hallett, and others -- offer far more by way of passion, connections, and intelligence.  

We all here at the Reservoir have seen this event evolve from a few firefighters running the loop around Pelahatchie Bay in silent tribute to fallen comrades, to a full-fledged half-marathon.  Every year, it grows into something bigger and better, while maintaining at it's core the initial vision -- honoring those who lost their life on September 11, 2001.  

Changes made this year are significant.  The race will be moved to the morning, to offer reprieve from the mid-September sun and to encourage participation. Emphasis will be placed on building the crowd at the finish line when the firefighters conclude.  Oh, and no cannon.  Other improvements are in the works.  I'll keep you updated. 

Mark your calendar now for September 7, 2014.  And dust off those running shoes.  

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