Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mitchell's Run in Rockford

This weekend was the 18th annual Mitchell's Run in Rockford, MI.
Mitchell's Run supports Parent Project MD, a non-profit dedicated to muscular dystrophy research. The name comes from a young man named Mitchell suffering from the disease, who attends the race and calls out the start. His parents started the event 18 years ago, and over that time it has raised a million dollars - that milestone was reached this year.
I've done this run several times over the last few years. It's a few hundred runners, so not too crowded, and they set up a nice course up in Rockford. Plenty of space to run and not too much in the way of hills. It was cloudy, but the rain held off so the run was dry. Pretty happy with my 26:08 time this year - put me in the top half of my age group.
There's other stuff going on around the race, too. There's a farmer's market just down the road, they have a silent auction with a bunch of donated items to raise additional funds for PPMD, and there's a kids run. They had a bunch of people dressed up as superheroes leading the kids this year, which was pretty funny.

Every time I've done Mitchell's Run, it's been a good time, and this year was no exception. Glad to be able to go out for a nice run and support a good cause.

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