SUCCESSFUL Dystance4Dystonia 5k Run/1 mile Fun Walk 9/24/2011 Dothan, Alabama
Good afternoon to everyone!! I am starting this newsletter on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at about 4:45 pm. I may not finish it and get it posted until later, so if you are wondering why you have not heard from us,
let me say WOW!!!!
This morning, we had the 2nd Annual Alabama Dystance4Dystonia in Dothan, Alabama. Really this all started about a year ago, right after the first ever run of this sort in Alabama.
Last night, at 6:00 pm, a group met at Covenant United Methodist Church, and finished stuffing runners? bags, blew up balloons, tied balloons onto sticks, sorted t-shirts, and any other job we could get done before this morning. Well, of course before we knew it, it was time to get ready and go back to the Church for the big day! And boy, oh boy, was it ever a big day!
We got to the Church about 6:00 am and when we got there, things were already hopping!! Before we knew it, it was about 7:45 and the run was getting ready to get started. From the information I am getting, we had about 105 runners/walkers. Last year we had about 65 (+/-). We had about 35 to pre-register and last year we had about 10 to pre-register. As we were watching the pre-registration numbers go up, we sort of panicked and rounded up bags from last year, in case we had more than 125, which is the number we were guessing about. YEAH, we know, we were cutting that close. You should have been here. You would have been rounding up left overs from last year, too!! But, as we have already discussed, what a wonderful problem to have, especially when it is the 2nd run. We are very young and hope to get better with age!! But, back to today?s run! We made many new friends and got word out concerning Dystonia. In fact, I am going to share a story that was revealed last night. A woman that lives in Dothan was visiting in Colorado with her friend, which has Dystonia. Her friend gave her a copy of the magazine, The Dystonia Dialogue, and asked her to read the magazine and become more educated on the topic of Dystonia. Well, she saw in the magazine about the Dothan Dystonia Support Group. She came home to Dothan, contacted Rebecca immediately, and became super involved in the run today! Now, how about that?!?!? Be from Dothan, visiting in Colorado, and find a support group by way of a magazine that was being read IN COLORADO!! I suppose the reason for the story is that we never know where we will be or why we are in a particular place, but there are reasons, and you should act on them. She was a great help and we enjoyed visiting with her. She did this in honor of her friend, and we hope he realizes what a good friend she is!!
Everyone had smiles on their faces the entire time. Everyone helped out! No matter how large the job or how small the job, they all add up to being a complete success and it could not have been done without all of the assistance, be it physical, mental or in absence. We know if you were not there, you were thinking about the endeavor we were trying to accomplish, and accomplish, we did!!
We will be getting numbers together and figured out in the next week or two. As soon as we hear the final tally, we will get the word out. However, I will say, I do not believe anyone will be disappointed!!
Again, just like last year, the leftover ice, water, and food was taken to The Ark. For those of you not aware, The Ark is a local run ministry in Dothan, Alabama for the homeless. I spoke with my son this afternoon and told him about taking the leftovers to The Ark after the run. I told him just how good it makes you feel to do a good thing and then you do a better thing after the good thing. I know that sounds odd in writing, but it does make you feel good to do good things by way of another good thing.
So, for now, I am going to shut this computer down. Tim and I will be eating an early supper and probably hitting the hay a bit earlier than usual.
Thanks so very much to all of you that helped in whatever way you helped. It could not be done alone, and you were a part of it.
OH, there are pictures and we will get them out in some way later!!
Have a great day and we will be in touch later!!
Dystonia Support Group of Alabama/
Dothan Dystonia Support Group