Last year my colleagues and I participated in the Light the Way 5K, a run/walk that raises money for the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. This year the “Laps 4 Lilly” team joined together again to support a fellow teacher’s granddaughter who was born blind. Lilly is almost a year and a half now, and is the sweetest little girl you will ever meet. She will be able to use Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s services soon, which is exciting!
Last year some of us ran the race and others walked (including myself since I was only 2 weeks post partum). This year we all decided to walk together. The run started at 8:00 a.m. and the walk started at 8:45, so we all met at a local Target then headed up to DC around 7:45 . We thought we had plenty of time, but once we got in the city we realized that all of the roads that led to parking garages and lots were closed off for the run that had already started. We didn’t realize this since we had gotten there earlier the year before when some of us were running. After scrambling to find all of our cars street parking we finally made it to Nationals Stadium where the race was taking place. We got there just after the walk started, so we were a little late- but it was okay!
The walk took us around the stadium and then down by the water. It was a perfect, beautiful day, and our lime green “Laps 4 Lilly” shirts brightened up the streets.
We spent the whole walk talking to each other and laughing- we hardly ever get to talk about non-school things so it was such a nice change! It seemed like it hadn’t been very long before we were heading towards the finish. It went by so fast. The race ended with a victory lap around the stadium, and we were greeted by Lilly’s grandma Karen holding our team banner on the way in.
It’s always cool to walk around an empty stadium 🙂
We had to take a picture by the Nationals mural on the wall- just like last year when Kevin was only 2 weeks old. WOW, he has definitely grown!
Once we completed our lap around the field we went back the start area to hang out and find our friends. We let the babies play a bit, listened to some live music, and took a group picture like we did last year. They also gave us awesome swag bags filled with tons of food!
It was another wonderful walk for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and Little Miss Lilly! I am honored to be a part of it!