Last Monday, Veterans Day, I ran the Wounded Veteran 5k race in Folsom. It was a fun morning even though, I was also on the clock. In addition to running the race, we (El Dorado Arts Council--my place of employment) had a booth promoting our free Veterans’ Voices Writing Workshop.
Veterans’ Voices is an opportunity for all veterans, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, to write down their experiences. New data released by the department of Veterans Affairs in 2014, shows a dramatic 44 percent increase in vets under the age of 30 commiting suicide, that equals 2 a day. Yikes! These facts are a reality and sad, to say the least. Clearly, I am passionate about working for an organization that offers such important programs to the community.
I ran the race where the proceeds went to a good cause, finished the 5k in 24:23 (which I might add is my fastest 5k time this year, but not overall) and placed 3rd in my Age Group. I also got to spread the word about our free program. It was a great morning overall! Just another day in the office!
|Folsom Trail Runner friends!|
And then, fast forward a few days later, I received a very important email. In that very important email it stated that I am now an official 2016 inaugural Pony Express Marathon Ambassador. Woohoo! I am very excited to represent a race that is taking place right in my extended backyard (Sacramento), on May 1, 2016. It is a Boston Qualifier and other race distances include a half marathon, 4-person relay, and a 5k! All distances are USATF certified. Upon crossing the finish line, there will be an awesome beer garden hosted by the delicious Yolo Brewing Company. There is so much more fabulous information to share, but for now, I will leave you with that! Who wants to come run this inaugural event with me? Everyone who signs up gets a puppy! Best bribe ever! ;) Okay, so I don’t have puppies to give away, but I do have a lovely discount code. Use code: RUNIN#PEM16! upon registering!
Disclosure: Runinsyn cannot give out puppies. The above statement was used in jest. No puppies will be given away on this blog post, though it is a nice thought.