The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A shared heart beats there...you can feel it.
Give to your community and you shall receive much more in return. That's a fact. 💕💕💕
#choosestoke #letsplay #gratitude
Hmmmm... How to possibly sum up how I am feeling after today?? Grateful. Blissed out. Exhausted. Race directing for the past 13 years has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my journey. It's just a race. But, really, it is so much more... It is the strength and beauty of a community coming together for a common goal. It is giving and asking and collaborating. It is striving and dreaming and reaching. It is belief. It is all the best things that humans can be. ✨
The Perseverance Trail Run / Party has raised well over $500,000 for the @thecumberlandforest over the past 12 years, thanks to our amazing community. Today, 400 racers, 75 volunteers and hundreds of supporters came together once again to celebrate and show their love for this community and the forest that we love so dearly. It was a spectacular day and I am filled with gratitude and hope for humans!
This year we were celebrating much more than the forest, however. We were also celebrating our beautiful, strong, friend and my race co-founder, Lene. For the first time in 13 years Lene was not with us in person...but she was most definitely with us in spirit. The sun has never shone so bright as it did for us today. Thanks, friend🙏🏻☀️ It has been a very difficult year with many broken hearts in our little Valley... But today was not to be a sad day. Today was a day to carry on, get shit done and celebrate the forest and this life. Just as Lene would have wanted us to do. Biggest love, my friend. You will always be by my side and your strength will live on in our hearts and in this forest forever.