Loopy for a Cause

By Laura Edwards

If you read my blog at a regular clip, you know I’m a runner. I run because it feels good. I run because it’s good for me. I run for Taylor.

This Friday – Saturday (June 1-2) marks the second annual “Loopy for a Cause” on the Green in downtown Davidson, NC. The event, founded by Davidson resident and ultra marathon runner Jeff McGonnell, coincides with Batten Disease Awareness Weekend and raises money for the Batten Disease Support & Research Association (BDSRA). Last year, I saw Jeff circle the town Green for part of his 24-hour “loopy” run. Six weeks removed from an Achilles injury, I had to watch from a golf chair.

This year, I’m free from the orthopedic boot that blessed me with one of the world’s greatest tan lines last summer. So instead of watching from a golf chair, I’m scheduled to run with Jeff from 3-4 p.m. this Saturday, June 2. Last year, Jeff circled the Green 650 times, totaling almost 90 miles. I won’t come close to that, but I’m excited to join Jeff in his amazing efforts.

If you live in the Charlotte area, I hope you’ll come out for at least a portion of this great event! In case watching us circle the town Green isn’t entertaining enough to suit your taste, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a movie on Friday evening – organizers will show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”  – and 10 hours of live music on Saturday.

You’ll also have the opportunity to donate to a great cause – the fight against Batten disease. This weekend’s event benefits the BDSRA. If you choose to donate, I’ll wear one of many costumes. You can pay to make me run in a big wig, flowered hat, cape, dress or even a cow outfit!

Once again, I’ll be running from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 2. Come on out and join the fun (bring a chair and a camera)!

Jeff will kick things off at 6 p.m. on Friday and wrap up at 6 p.m. on Saturday (the live music will end at 8 p.m. that night). To learn more, click here.

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