After spending 7 days in Anaheim, I flew back to Las Vegas to sleep in my own bed for one night before getting up early to drive to Utah. The trip to Utah was a whirlwind two-day extravaganza for one really big reason.
My mom is one of the organizers for this event, she jumped on board with this after her second bout with breast cancer and she has been a big part of the planning committee ever since. I have helped her with the registration and accounting process for the past three years and I wouldn’t dream of missing the stress, the fun and the emotion.
We had good weather, which is nice when you’ve got an overnight event with people walking around a track all night. As always the survivors’ lap and caregivers’ laps to kick the event off were inspiring. There were bands performing during the evening hours to entertain the crowd and little girl dance groups performing on the field in the morning.
Some of the people that had volunteered didn’t show up so we were left on our own in registration. I was a little concerned that we would be swamped, but my mom and I work quickly and efficiently together and I even had time to go run 4 miles during the evening.
I timed my run so I could be out on the track at 8:00, during the Western Bone Cleavers performance. Their drummer is a guy I went to high school (but no, he’s not the drummer I dated in high school) and I’ve always thought he is amazingly talented. It was fun to have the chance to hear him perform.
(Silly side note: My mom said to me, “Get out there. I can hold things down in here. How often do you get the chance to run to live music?” I winked at her and said, “Not since January, remember?”)
The event had raised $46,000 for the American Cancer Society at the end of the event and some donations are still trickling in via the web. I hope to be able to participate in this event for many years to come, if not the Iron County one then other events. I encourage everybody to take the chance to participate in some kind of event that is a benefit for others, it is a truly beautiful experience.