The inaugural Lisa’s Legacy 5K Run and Walk took place on October 18th on a brisk and beautiful Fall day in Cleveland’s University Circle area. Over four hundred participants ran, walked and ambled past the Natural History Museum, the Art Museum, Severance Hall and the site of University Hospitals’ new Cancer Hospital where the Lisa’s Legacy Fund will be supporting ongoing cancer research.
It was a great crowd and a terrific course to run. I got a chance before and after the race to meet with a lot of fans of Funky and Lisa, and even got to hand out the awards to the winners in each age category. Modesty, of course, precludes my mentioning that I finished third in my age group… which isn’t too bad considering that as recently as this past January I was still barely able to run a lap following my close encounter of the automotive kind. We even enjoyed pizza supplied by Luigi’s, the pizzeria in Akron that I’ve stolen down to the nails in the floor to create Montoni’s in Funky. In short, it was a perfect morning and a perfect race. The only problem I could see is that it set a pretty high bar for next year’s run.
If you’d like to see a bit of what went on, check out the slide show under the Lisa’s Legacy Fund section of this site. As for me, it’s time to get started on next year’s run both in the strip and in real life as Lisa’s legacy continues.