A Run to Remember!
The day before our race was one of rain and darkness. Hail fell from the sky and thunder boomed throughout the Baton Rouge area. Yet, after the storm – on race day -- the sun was shining, and we felt the warmth of the sun on our faces. It was the perfect representation of what Anna’s Grace is all about - bringing warmth and compassion to those who have experienced the storminess of baby loss.
Our 2nd Annual Anna’s Grace Quarter Marathon was a great success, and we’d like to thank all who participated. Our overall winner for the 1 Mile Fun Run was Jourdan McKinney who finished in 8:35. Our overall male winner of the Quarter Marathon was Jason Cheek with an amazing finish at 46:33! Meghan Hurst led the ladies to the finish line with a time of 52:13. Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who crossed the finish line!
We had close to 400 registered to run for the 1 in 4 thanks to our running teams. Congratulations to the winner of our Most Participants on a Team Award, Team S.O.B.B., which had 56 members on their team!
Our fundraising efforts also surpassed our expectations. As this was our first year of team fundraising, we set our goal at $5,000. Well, we blew past that thanks to our awesome teams! We had three teams over $1,000, and Strides for the Sweetpeas took home the award for top fundraising team by raising $2,550. Wow!
There were many families and groups remembering and celebrating sweet babies at our event. Many wore meaningful shirts or costumes. It was so heartwarming to see the love for the 1 in 4 on display. As difficult as it was to choose a winner for our inaugural costume contest, there was no denying that Maddry Grace’s Ladybugs were super cute. And so, the award went to that awesome group!