Where would the running community be without supporters, cheerleaders and volunteers? I want to give a MASSIVE shout out to my own father for going well out of his way to help my local running community.
suckered got my mom hooked on running she started regular runs with a friend around our neighborhood. Her running path took her out of the subdivision on to local sidewalks. These sidewalks were never groomed and they would have to dodge high grass, pine cones, sticks and whatever trash some idiot had tossed from his car on to the path. It sucked.
My dad isn’t a runner, but he knows how important it is to my mom and I. Without being asked, without being paid, my dad started to groom the sidewalks out of neighborhood. We’re talking a 5+ mile path that wasn’t his property. He regularly mows and manicures the local running path. Sure, there are the folks that say, “If you don’t like it, run somewhere else.” Those people can take a long run off a short pier. Not only does it help us runners, but it looks a load better. Win, win here.
So, thank you to my dad and to the countless other volunteers out there making running safer and better for those of us passionate about beating pavement. These words don’t seem to be enough, but these acts of kindness deserve some major props.
Feel free to share praise for those making your community a better place! Who’s your biggest cheerleader?