Tess and I signed up to run the Morning of Hope 5K put together by Casting for Hope. Tess began talking to me about it in February. One of her teachers is one of the founders of Casting for Hope and mentioned it in class.
Casting for Hope is a non for profit organization attending to the financial, emotional, and spiritual needs of women living with ovarian and gynecological cancers in western North Carolina. My Sister-In-Law has very recently been diagnosed with Cervical Cancer so we decided to run this 5K in her honor.
The race route was along the Greenway in Morganton, NC. My very favorite place to run along the Catawba River.
In addition to online registration, which was super easy and efficient, they held race day registration as well. All runners received a race bib and a Casting for Hope T-Shirt for registering.
Quite possibly my favorite aspect of this race was that it was held on Holy Saturday and Holy Communion was served just before the race with a blessing by Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Morganton, North Carolina. It was pretty powerful to be in the presence of a group of all levels of runners in prayer and communion together in the sunrise of a beautiful Saturday morning.
We then migrated to the start line of the race and quickly took off for the 3.1 miles. I was so proud of Tess, she ran the entire three miles, non-stop and placed first in her age division!! This was my first race running alongside her the entire way! It was a wonderful experience and I already can’t wait to run with her again!
After the race there was plenty of water, bananas, apples, etc. for the runners to grab and enjoy the awards ceremony.
This was a great race put together by a great organization for a great cause! The Morning of Hope 5K will become an annual tradition for me! I encourage you to learn more about Casting for Hope and getting involved with this great group!