The Sandy Hook Run for the Families, sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, took place this past Saturday in Downtown Hartford. The Greater Hartford YMCA had a tent and tables set up along Trumbull Street to provide entertainment for children and their families during the event.
Tim Kelly, Wellness Coordinator and personal trainer organized a bus load of YMCA members to run the race. Before the race they came into the Downtown Y to check out the facility. While they were there, they got so inspired, they decided that to run the race wasn’t enough, they had to do Susan’s spin class before!!! They all LOVED Susan and had so many nice things to say about her class 🙂
All of Tim’s team did extremely well, many achieving PR’s for the race. Tim placed third in his age group and got to finish with a member of his team. This photo was on the front page of the newspaper! Notice how far ahead Tim and his friend are and the fact that they are still smiling!!!! Great job Tim and his crew!!
Thank you so much to all the staff at Camp Woodstock for their support in providing a fabulous craft activity for the kids, FootLights at Downtown for providing an African drumming demonstration and to all the staff who manned the tent( Kristi is still thawing out!) This all showed our love and support to the people of Newtown and that we have hope for a better future ahead. In fact, as people walked by when we were hanging up our 26 starts on our tent as a tribute to those beautiful lives lost in December, Kristi heard several people say” Good for the Y…” Sometimes you don’t have to do a lot….it’s just being there that is enough.
Back at Downtown…Dan the Man was doing what he does best with my running club kids. He ran an impromptu stretching session to get them ready for the run. This is also what the Y is about. Every moment that my team can share with Dan, I encourage and appreciate. They will never find a better role model than Dan, always giving and always caring.
Also, a special shout out goes to Diego, who provided excellent customer service to the hordes of people who ascended on the Downtown Y for this special race. We are so fortunate to have such great staff at Downtown. Thanks Diego!!
I think sometimes we focus more on what we haven’t done, need to do or could do better. But for today, let’s focus on all the things we do really well, the lives we touch, the people we help and the people we inspire. Let’s celebrate what we do really well, because there is a lot we do really well:)