Monday, April 12, 2010

Fun Fourth Freedom Run 10K & 2 Mile

Run or walk in honor of our brave military men and women while helping disabled children feel like rock stars during this year's Freedom Run & Walk, part of the Fun Fourth Festival 2010.

The Freedom Run & Walk, a 10K race, the 2-mile fun run and walk, the Tot Trot and Kids ½ K are set for Saturday, June 26, in downtown Greensboro.

A highlight of this year's event is the addition of Miles for Smiles,a group started by local running enthusiast Janelle Robinson that matches runners with special-needs children, so kids can experience participating in a road race. The runners do the actual running – pushing the children in jogging strollers – and the kids will do the smiling.

“It’s great to have “Miles for Smiles” as part of our Freedom Run and Walk”’ says Mebane Ham, Coordinator. “We are looking forward to lots of fun and smiles for all in downtown Greensboro. I encourage community runners to sign up and provide assisted participation for special-needs children – truly, running for fun.”

Anyone interested in participating through Miles for Smiles, please contact Janelle Robinson.

Race Applications are available to download or you can register online.

On the Mark Sports will provide electronic timing finish line services for the 10K Freedom Run only.

Pictures from the 2009 Freedom Run & Walk can be found here.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

In foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia!

Many years ago, during one of my family's summer vacation road trips, we stopped for a couple days in Philadelphia. I don't remember much about Philly, except that it was very, very hot, and that we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe and I got a shirt. The main reason for our stop there was to visit Independence Hall, and it definitely didn't disappoint. When we looked in the room where the Continental Congress met, I thought, "It looks just the way it's supposed to." When we walked through the lobby, I pointed at the stairs and said to my dad, "Look, that's where Franklin, Jefferson and Adams sang about the egg! And that's where they did the kick line down the stairs!"

In case you were wondering, yes, I'm aware that the Founding Fathers did not sing or dance down stairs (or did they?). But when we were wandering around Independence Hall, as amazing as it was to be in the place where some of the most important events in our nation's history took place, a good chunk of my excitement came from my recognition of the surroundings. I'd never been to Independence Hall before, but I had seen the movie 1776 more times than I can count.

1776 is a musical that tells the story of how the Declaration of Independence came to be written and ratified. The movie adaptation of this Tony Award-winning show is one of my all-time favorites, because it caters to my inner musical theatre nerd as well as my history nerd side.

The Fun Fourth Festival is proud to present 1776 on stage at the Carolina Theatre on July 1st, 2nd and 4th, and I, for one, cannot wait to see it. Directed by JP Swisher, the show will feature some of the finest actors in the Triad, and will certain-LEE (see below...hehe!) be an entertaining and educational experience for everyone.