My marathon was a huge challenge, but step after step, I continued on with 10,000 of my closest friends, even when I was sore and tired. The crowds were amazing, cheering us on the whole way getting a ton of high fives from the Elvis impersonator or all the kids watching and cheering. The signs had encouraging words, helping me smile (grimace really) and keep on. After working so hard, especially through the last miles, it was an absolute rush to cross the finish line when I was done.
I chose to run (couch to marathon in 9 months – woohoo!) because it was the absolute least I could do to give back for everything camp has given my daughter. My daughter started going to camp after she was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma in 7th grade, about 10 years ago. As a parent, camp helped our family through some pretty dark times. I can’t thank everyone at Camp One Step enough.
I just crossed a finish line after 26 miles (which was seriously cool). That’s nothing compared to what the kids face.