freedom dream 10k

When my alarm went off at 6 a.m. on July 4th, I was already wide awake and ready to run 6.2 miles. But only because it was for America. And the kids.

My dad and I participated in a local 10k in support of the Outdoor Dream Foundation, a local organization that sponsors hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures for children diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

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Several children who’ve benefited from funds raised by last year’s Freedom Dream Walk/Run attended the 2nd annual race and it brought tears to my eyes to see their joy for the life they’ve been given.

We started running at 7:30 a.m. and despite a hilly course and an unexpected downpour of rain, had a wonderful time celebrating Independence Day with an early morning workout and great conversation.

A photographer from the Anderson Independent-Mail stopped us at the halfway point to take our picture and ask a few questions. It did end up in the Sunday paper but the winners of the hot dog eating contest beat us to the front page. I’m not bitter.

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