On Saturday morning, I ran the 5th Annual Race for Jabberwocky in Katama, MA on Martha's Vineyard. Camp Jabberwocky is an incredible organization that provides a residential vacation camp for people with disabilities. Created over 50 years ago, the camp seeks to provide enrichment and recreational activities for those in need, both young and old, in a safe and supportive environment. The organization leans heavily on its philosophy of volunteerism whenever possible. Today, the volunteers were out in full force and their energy was tangible. The scene was crazy, but they were all in deal mode; some helping with race logistics and others preparing the many campers who were going to participate. The volunteers were easily as excited if not more than the campers and I was in awe of their enthusiasm.
|Camp volunteers along with Jabberwocky|
Executive Director, Liza (right)
|A Jabbewocky volunteer and friend|
running with a camper in to the finish.
|Two Jabberwocky campers and a volunteer who|
have just come through the finish line together.
Personally, the race was not a good one for me. I was tired going into it and I just couldn't muster up the energy I usually can on race day. My time was one of my slowest in a while. But, to be honest, I didn't really care. Do I wish I'd had more in the tank? Sure. But, I didn't. And truthfully, hanging out after the race, chatting with runners and volunteers, eating ice cream and watching all the finishers come in; that was as good if not better than finishing with a PR. As I was leaving the farm to head home I looked to the right and this guy was staring at me. If he could have, he might have said something like, "life is pretty damn good, eh Rebecca?" I smiled. And then, with gratitude, I ran home.
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The Way We Touch - WE ARE TWIN