In February, I’ll knock out the first state of 2015 in my quest to race in all 50 states for my sister Taylor and the fight against Batten disease. Originally I’d planned on taking January off, but it’s been two months since Charlotte’s Thunder Road Half Marathon, and I’m antsy. So on a whim I signed up for The Village 10K in Waxhaw, right outside of Charlotte, on January 31.
I’ll be running for Team Taylor’s Tale in Waxhaw that day, and if you live in Charlotte or close by, I hope you’ll consider joining our team for the 10K or 5K event.
Here are 10 reasons to run The Village 10K/5K for Team Taylor’s Tale on January 31:
- The race supports the Alpha 1 Village Foundation. Like Batten disease, Alpha-1 (Alpha antitrypsin deficiency) is a rare disease. Rare diseases affect one in 10 Americans and more than 350 million people worldwide.
- You’re guaranteed a t-shirt if you sign up by January 26.
- You don’t have to get up TOO early. The 10K starts at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:15.
- One benefit of small-town races is the parking. Don’t worry about bringing cash for uptown parking lots or decks!
- There’s no shame in walking. Walkers are welcome!
- But if you like to run fast, you can win bling. Awards go three-deep (both overall and age group).
- Cast Iron Waffles will serve warm waffles to all participants post-race.
- Super Bowl Sunday is the following day. You can gorge a little more knowing you completed a race!
- You can help us fight Batten disease just by showing up, logging 3.1 or 6.2 miles for Taylor and telling your friends.
- Who wouldn’t want to run for Team Taylor’s Tale?
To sign up online, click here. Be sure to select Taylor’s Tale from the “Team Name” list (last step before you accept the waiver). Wear purple on race day, and commit to sharing our story with at least one new person. Thanks for your support; see you in Waxhaw!