Just after 8:00, there was a brief welcome, a moment of prayer, and an introduction by a current resident of Pleasant Suburb's local shelter for the homeless. Her words briefly and simply dispelled stereotypical images of vagrants to paint a more personal portrait of homelessness that could have described any number of her listeners with the exception of the residence. Her humble thanks was for each person who had given the price of the Run For Cover 1K, 5K, or 10K entry fee that would go toward the total of $20,000 in added support for the Samaritan Inn. Her subtle spell was broken by the announcement of the 1K Family Fun Run's beginning, and the call to the starting line for the 10K.
Walker and I walked over to the starting area with all the serious runners. Our goals were simple. We wanted to walk the 6.2 miles in under an hour and a half (especially after having our usual distance and time
In the last half mile, we passed the last pair of runners again. As we came around the final curve and topped the hill before the finish line, we could see the digital timer's oversized readout. The numbers reflected our 1:27 time as we crossed the line.