What Are We Going to Do?
By nature, I am a worrier. If there is something that carries even the slightest possibility of something going wrong, and sometimes even if it doesn’t, I have thought about it. Truthfully, this came in handy when the boys were growing up and I could think through the possible ramifications of whatever daredevil thing they were thinking of doing. The older I get, however, the more I realize how much of my life is overtaken by worry. This has been especially true since we lost Spencer.
So, when this current hunker-down situation began, I worried. Should we take our scheduled vacation? Do we have enough toilet paper? How are my kids going to handle this? Are Dale’s parents going to be alright? And so many more questions. Let me tell you, I worried a lot. (By the way, we didn’t take the vacation, we do have enough toilet paper, the kids are handling everything really well, and Dale’s parents are doing great.)
But even my lifetime experience in worry could not prepare me to begin to fathom how this pandemic has unfolded. So many people’s lives have been completely disrupted. So much uncertainty. So much upheaval.
And in all of this chaos, we are trying to plan a 5K. We don’t even know if we will be open for 5K business by August. We hope that we will, we believe that we will, but we just don’t know. Many of our sister races have been canceled, and many more are hanging in limbo right now. It is difficult to know what to do. And, of course, I am worried.
But here is what I know: Our nation’s veterans still need help. They need help now, they will need help later. And we have the opportunity to do something about it.
So, we are planning a run. We don’t know for certain that we will have our customary fabulous run, but we are believing we will. We are proceeding as usual, following our schedule of checking things off our list, and planning the best possible event we can.
Please register for the 9th Annual Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K to be held, we hope, on August 1st. If all goes well, we will see you there. And if we are not able to have the run as usual, we will turn all regular run registrations into virtual run registrations, and we will get your shirts and bibs and finisher medals to you. Promise.
Thank you to everyone who has already registered. You are making it count.