Speed For Need Santa Scramble 5K

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  • Workout Date - 11/18/2017
  • Q In Charge - Hootie/Slim/Tolkien
  • The PAX - F3 Concord, F3 Harrisburg, F3 Metro, F3 Swamp Rabbit
  • AO - Lucy

Sorry attempt at a super late backblast is below, but first and foremost, if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get involved with Speed for Need. There is no race bigger or more impactful that you could possibly sign up for.

Twenty years ago, one of our best childhood friends, John, was left paralyzed in a serious car accident. He was the best athlete we knew growing up and at 19, all of that was taken away. We wanted to give him a taste of competition again, so Hootie, Exit 54 and I took turns pushing him in a specialized wheelchair in our hometown of Concord, NC during the Santa Scramble 5K. Mainly, we hoped to raise awareness and funds for SPEED FOR NEED a non-profit group who works with members of the community affected by disability or disease through participation in fitness events. But, we also wanted to give John a great experience.

The course followed the Christmas Parade route and was run 20 minutes before the start of the parade. Folks that lined up for the parade showered us with cheers and love for John. It was tough to judge John’s reaction given that he is mostly unresponsive due to his condition, but he got excited when we loaded him in the Speed for Need wheelchair and seemed fired up when we first started pushing him. I completely believe that he loved the speed and the competition. I have a hard time putting this into words as it truly was an emotional day. I had moments that I nearly dropped to my knees, only to see the crowd smiling and cheering us on. Nothing that follows will ever top that experience — I’m still riding high from it. It was a beautiful day and a strong reminder to never take a moment for granted.

Huge thank you to Tolkien for his Speed for Need vision, Hootie for the idea and implementation, Exit 54 for the extra muscle, and all the men of F3 Concord, Harrisburg, Charlotte and beyond who showed up to make us the largest team in the race. We won $1000 for largest team (F3 Nation), and our high school class of ’96 raised another $1300 to go towards SFN and other worthy charities. Too many outlets to thank for the coverage of this event, but of note a big thank you to Hoka One One (link below).

SFN video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUy696YFleY

Speed for Need: http://www.speedforneed.com/

Hoka One One blog coverage: https://www.hokaoneone.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-HOKA-US-Site/default/Blog-Show?postid=never-take-moment-granted

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