This weekend, I am reminded of what a supportive community can be found among runners.
When I was volunteering at my club’s merchandise table at the expo yesterday for the Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon, I asked my friend Lisa why she was wearing a blue ribbon. She explained that it was to honor our runner friend Dustin, who is fighting a rare and aggressive brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme). That made sense to me – I have been involved in efforts to support Dustin, enough to know that his favorite color is blue. (You can visit Dustin’s website to learn more about his situation and how to help by clicking here.)
Here’s the part that speaks to our running community. Lisa didn’t just say, “you should wear one too” (as she knew I would want to). She walked up to me a few minutes later, ribbon in hand, cut to the right size, with a safety pin to attach it to myself.
Just a small but meaningful symbol of how my runner friends “go the extra mile” for each other. It happens all the time.
(p.s. – there will be an Anywhere5K (Run For Rhodes) to support Dustin as well as raise awareness of Cancer Control Month on April 20 and 21!. You can get more information about that by clicking here.)
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.