A couple weeks ago Claire motivated a group of us from LTC to sign up for the Miles for Memories 10th annual 5k run/walk put on by the Alzheimer Society of WA (see alzsociety.org for more info on Alzheimer’s dementia). Today being the day, I got myself up and ready and headed to meet the group at the store by 8am to carpool to Fairhaven. Arriving 5 minutes “early” I was just in time to see them pulling out without me. You can’t get rid of me that easily! Thankfully, Val came back for me. The actual race didn’t start until 9am, but we wanted to get there in good time to find a spot to park.
As 9am approached walkers, runners, and dogs alike started gathering (or sardine-ing if I could make up a word) on the Village Green. I suppose on the one hand, it’s nice for owners to be able to bring their dogs and get a little exercise, but phew! that green was not big enough for territorial mongering mutts!
Luckily, that start gun soon went off and so did we despite the fact that they tried to organize us into groups: runners first, then runners with dogs, then the walkers bringing up the rear. No matter how good the organizer is or how many times they explain it, crowds never tend to want to be organized. But because of our different paces we soon had ourselves sorted.
The walk took us down the trail, past the Chrysalis, through Boulevard park, where we were turned around at the 2.5k mark and sent back to Fairhaven. The event was in conjunction with the “Dirty Dan Days Seafood Fest,” but as no one was interested in hanging out for that I was home again by 10:30am. I got some exercise, supported a worthy cause, had some laughs and I still had an entire day ahead of me!