The 7th Annual BUG RUN was held on March 30th, 2019. The temperature at race time was 34 degrees and it was snowing (But it was better than rain).
Each and every year we are blown away by the amount of support we have for the BUG RUN. It truly warms our hearts to see people jumping on board to support our SMA community and our little hero, Jadon “The BUG” Burks. However, this year’s race was nearly the race that wasn’t. With a winter storm in the forecast (IT”S SPRING!!! Buuuuuuut) the city needed to make a decision on our race.
Within the window of uncertainty we couldn’t help but think of all the hard work that went into a day that potentially wouldn’t happen. We couldn’t help but think of those who were planning to run their first race, and those who would “run for” an individual with SMA. We couldn’t help but think of all the many volunteers that set that day aside to help spread SMA awareness. The hardest part was considering the fact that our committee had worked ALL YEAR for a race that might not happen. Planning for the BUG RUN starts nearly a year in advance. (We have already had a meeting for next year’s race.)
Our committee is completely incredible. Our “Amazing Race Director” (That’s now her official title) Amy Vrban keeps us all organized and everyone does their part with such dedication and enthusiasm. We are truly humbled.
We want to give a big THANK YOU to our incredible committee
It was futile to think we could control the weather, but we could pray, and that’s what we did. The forecast began to change and the 90% chance of possibly 3” of snow became a 5% chance of a trace of snow.
THE RACE WAS ON!
IT WAS COLD!
IT WAS REALLY REALLY COLD!
Did we mention that it was COLD?
BUT IT WAS DRY.
The week leading up to the race was possibly more stressful than other years, but possibly it was even more rewarding. We were relieved to simply have the event.
Despite the cold, the racers showed up to race.
DJ Ty was there to spin some tunes and help us keep things moving.
The kids showed up to sing the national anthem.
The city was there to keep us safe and we had ourselves a BUG RUN.
We hope the 6th annual BUG RUN will be the coldest we ever have and we hope it never rains but the only forecast we can be sure of is this: If there is a BUG RUN, there is good in the world.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR AT THE 7TH ANNUAL BUG RUN!
We have been following Katie Horner’s Mission over the past several months ( Woman on a Mission) and it is all about to come to a conclusion. It has been an emotional journey to see her work so hard and reach her goals while constantly thinking of others. Her objectives are just two days from being completed.
COMPLETE – Raise enough money for all the students at Rolling Ridge to run The BUG RUN.
COMPLETE – Run The Boston Marathon.
REMAINING – RunThe BUG RUN and show ALL 485 students at Rolling Ridge what it means to run for a cause…”RUN to end SMA.”
This is an update from Katie today:
“2 more sleeps” as my son Hunter, who is the same age as Jadon and share the birthday month of June together, would say until the 4th Annual Jadon’s Hope Bug Run!
Today, like many days, was another day at Rolling Ridge where excitement filled the air! Our students received their race shirts and bibs. On top of that excitement, we decided to have an all school picture. So, with about 480 kids plus numerous staff members, we all went out to the playground first thing this morning to smile in the sun as a community! A community that shows compassion, spreads awareness of SMA, stands together, works together towards many common goals, and supports one another! We are truly blessed and could not have done that without the support from this campaign and the support of the entire staff at Rolling Ridge pulling together to make this happen.
I leave you with some quotes that were heard from our students at various times today. Some of which I heard and others that were passed on to me.
“Hold up, we get our OWN number?!?!”
“My number is 246 or maybe it was 146, I don’t know, but either way I have a number!”
“You have the same shirt on that I do…(long pause), wait we all have the same shirt!”
“Mrs. Horner, I am running for Charlie, who are you running for? Are you running for a Warrior or an Angel? I hope they find a cure so there are no more angels.”
Together, WE RUN TO END SMA!