In May we hosted our third annual Redding Road Race ~ A Run For the Cows. More than 800 runners, ages 2-72, dedicated themselves to the Seven-Mile Run, the Half Marathon, and the Mighty Cow Run, and over 100 youngsters joined us for the Piglet Prance around the pastures.
Inspiring stories abounded, some people ran in memory of loved ones while others ran to celebrate a triumph over a health challenge, and everyone was focused on doing their personal best. We had several amazing fleet-of-foot ten and twelve year olds complete the seven miler in record time, an inspirational gentleman seventy years young completed the half marathon handily, two young parents ran the seven- miler with their children in strollers, and several parents and children ran together.
This was a fantastic event from start to finish and, once again, we would like to thank everyone who helped to make it a success. Police departments from Redding and Danbury, West Redding’s terrific EMTs, along with Masako Vigneault and cardiologist Dr. Harvey Kramer kept our runners safe; scores of dedicated race committee volunteers worked tirelessly including NPF members, Boy and Girl Scouts, and members of the National Charity League; friends hosted aid stations; and neighbors ventured outside, some in their pajamas with their early morning coffee and others with their cupcakes decorated with cows, to cheer and ring cow bells as runners passed by.
Special thanks to our more than fifty local sponsors, especially our top sponsor Ola! Foods. Their generous donations for funds, food, and products are gratefully appreciated. We encourage readers to visit www.reddingroadrace.com for a complete listing.
But most of all, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the extraordinary John McCleary, an NPF member whose vision and passion guided us all. His months of hard work, attention to detail, and unending thoughtfulness were truly inspirational.
The funds raised by the runners and sponsors will support the programs of the Education Center. We are so grateful for their overwhelming support.
We are already looking forward to May 2015.