Needs are real even if in a virtual time

This ‘Life In Quarantine’ column originally ran on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in the Gaston Gazette.


I was finally in the home stretch and I knew it. My body knew it too. The finish line wasn’t far, maybe 1,500 feet away at most. But it was all uphill the rest of the way.

As I got closer, the applause seemed to get louder and louder. The cheering section proved to be that little extra bit of motivation to help me cross that finish line.

The Community Foundation Run was the first 5K race I had ever taken part in. The Gaston Community Foundation sponsors this annual 5K walk/run in Downtown Gastonia where thousands of people gather together on a cool Saturday morning in April to race in support of their favorite local charities.

I was told this particular 5K course was not the best for a beginning runner like myself. But I didn’t listen. Everyone was running in it, so I figured I would too.

That makes the challenging things a little more manageable, when everyone is doing it together.

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