It is a reunion of sorts as most of the runners are friends of Lauren and Gillian and were in our home four years ago, giving their support, comfort and love to Josh's grieving sisters. They have been with us every step of the way and so are an extension of our family - we are so grateful. My dear friend Roxanne came from Atlanta: we have known each other for years; she is like Josh's second mom since her son Bryce and Josh have been best friends since birth (they were born three weeks apart). It was great to have Rachel, Josh's special friend, run her first half-marathon in support of JAF.
New friends were made: a high school student in Charlottesville has been volunteering with JAF as part of her senior project; she came to take pictures and shoot video. One of Lauren's sorority sisters from college dedicated her run to her older brother, who tragically took his life last fall.
All told, over 30 runners and supporters came from all over the country: Washington DC, Colorado, New York City, Boston, MA and Atlanta/Athens, Georgia. Due to the generous contributions of over 400 donors, we raised over $27,000 - very close to the ambitious goal of $30,000.
Read article in our local newspaper, Foundation Prepares to Promote Mental Health, to learn more about what we are doing with the money.
The date for next year's run has already been set: Saturday, March 15, 2014. We hope more runners will join us next year!
2013 Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Washington DC
Why we are running
Lauren and Gillian on race day morning with blue flag
Runners and supporters on Constitution Ave before the start
Mile 6 - looking good!
Lauren and Gillian are happy it is over!
Congrats to all runners!
Lauren's friend ran in memory of her brother who took his life last fall
Everything we do is for him...
our beloved Josh
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