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Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial 5k – Phoenix

StartOn Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. a group of over 50 people gathered at Max Muscle on Carefree Highway in North Phoenix to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary with a candlelight vigil and 5K run. The local run was established as an extension of a national “virtual” Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial 5k and Half Marathon that swept the nation over the holidays. People across the country were invited to sign up for this virtual run for a cost of $20. All money raised went to the families of the Sandy Hook victims. Each participant received a special bib that listed all victims names and were asked to run either a 5K or Half Marathon on their own.
Candlelight VigilRunner and owner of YogiRunner Wellness Coaching, Denise Thompson – decided to organize a local event to bring the people of North Phoenix together to support this cause. The local event was non-competitive and was open to all ages.
Participants were encouraged to wear green and white along with the special running bib they received at registration. Many children attended the event, ranging from Kindergarten to High School.IMG_7803
Max Muscle was kind enough to open their store solely for this special run. The event kicked off with a candlelight vigil, playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” recorded by the survivors of Sandy Hook Elementary. While holding their candle, each participant honored and stated the name of a victim. The group then proceeded to run a 5K together heading South on 27th drive and circling back around to Max Muscle. After the event, all participants gathered and enjoyed treats donated by Hot Bagels and Deli and Max Muscle. Due to the generosity of several local businesses, there were lots of prize drawings that included several restaurant gift cards, fitness coaching packages, massage, hair products and more. Sandy Hook rubber bracelets that were made by a family affected by the tragedy in Connecticut were sold for $5 each with all profits going back to the families.Here is a link to the news clip of the event that aired on Fox 10 news at 5:00 p.m. A slightly different clip aired on ABC 15 as well.

IMG_7861The event in North Phoenix was a true testament of compassion, generosity and love. Thank you to all participants who took time out of their day, and money out of their wallets to make a difference.