I’ve been busy playing catch-up since the Lisa’s Run, but I just wanted to jot down a few impressions from this year’s event. With rain leading up to it and then immediately following it, we were all holding our breath that it wouldn’t turn out like the race did in Funky this year. I had deliberately made it ran on the parade in Funky as part of a little game that I like to play with Fate. I’m not superstitious but I will cop to being just ever so slightlystitious, and thus I figured that, if I made it rain on the Lisa’s Run in the comic strip, Fate (who, when it wants to be entertained, plops down on the couch with a big bowl of buttered popcorn, puts its feet up on the hassock and turns on me) would make it a bright sunny day just to make me look like a fool. Annnnd it worked! We had a nice sunny morning between the raindrops and it made for slightly cool but beautiful running weather. After risking heatstroke with every run in this past summer’s heat and humidity, it was amazingly refreshing and many runners (*cough* me) posted their personal best times for the year.
The very best thing about this race is the people that it draws which seem to be just about the nicest people on the planet. One family brought a framed Funky strip that I had sent to their father back when he was in school. Very cool. Others I’d met on past Lisa’s Runs and it was great to touch bases with folks who are becoming old friends. The Parma-Parma Heights Kiwanis were back once again as volunteers including Susan Cash who was there from the Kent State University Press with copies of Lisa’s Story (more on them in my next post in which I get to unleash some very interesting news). In all it was a great time and all the Kudos go to University Hospitals for the hard work that goes into each Lisa’s Run. The race started and ended in front of the new Sideman Cancer Center which is featured in the Lisa’s Legacy section on this site.
It’s there that you’ll also find a slew of pictures and some video on this year’s run. Check it out and then start putting together your training schedule for next years event.