Sunday, March 16, 2014

Get Your Rear in Gear

Happy Sunday! So, remember that promise I made in my last post? About how I would post every day of the remainder of my spring break? Well, that clearly didn't happen yesterday. I'm turning into an unreliable narrator, but I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me (and to keep reading)!

Anyway, after a lazy Saturday, I am trying to mentally prepare myself for a full week of school and YoungLife craziness. Friday is YoungLife Placement Night, when hundreds of new leaders will say yes to reaching out to middle school and high school kids in the greater Austin area, so this week will not only feature the start of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the high school world, but learning the choreography to a dance that we will perform before we welcome the new leaders to our area. A crazy week is the perfect welcome back from spring break, right?

Placement Night 2012
Placement Night 2013 
Placement Night 2013
Moving on, I have a 5K run/walk to share with all of you Austinites! Ryan Murray, the director for this non-profit cancer charity 5K, reached out to me about spreading the word about this 5K as part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, which is March, for those of you who might not have known (I sure didn't).

On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, over 500 runners, walkers, and volunteers will gather  to raise awareness about the nation's number 2 cancer killer, and raise funds for colon cancer prevention screening awareness. This all-volunteer events will include opportunities to celebrate survivors, show support for the care givers, and remember loved ones who are no longer with us.

The opening ceremony will kick off the day's events at 8:00am, followed by a speech by a colon cancer survivor, the Kids' Fun Run for children aged 12 and under (make it a family event!), and finally, the 5K run and walk will begin at 8:30am. And not only are you raising awareness and providing support for a great cause, you will also have the chance to win awards, prizes, and giveaways upon completion of the race. For those of you who are looking for a little spring motivation, this fun and awareness-raising 5K is right up your alley. So, get your rear in gear and find a training program that works with your schedule. This is one race you will certainly want to do, as seventy-five percent of the funds raised at this event will stay in the Austin area, helping with awareness, early detection and prevention, and healthy living projects for this disease. More information can be found here, and registration information is available online here.

Grab a friend and add this 5K to your calendar. It's sure to be worth your while. And have a great Sunday evening - I hope to check in with you guys again soon!

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