Saturday was a beautiful day for a race. The 5K was sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Medical Center for the benefit of Loaves and Fishes. First, let me congratulate Elsiana, Mike, Brandon and Christina for completing their very first 5K! Our very own John Lawlor took 3rd overall for the men and I set a new personal record for myself! Before the race, as we all lined up, the organizers from the hospital spoke about the sponsorships. Maugel Architects was mentioned and is also listed on the back of the t-shirts that were given to participants. Maugel was also mentioned for our part in re-designing the Nashoba Valley Medical Center Emergency Room.
For me, the most important words came from Patty Stern, the director of Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes provided food for over 900 families last year. They serve people from all walks of life--the elderly, who have to make a choice between paying for prescriptions or buying food; a single mom, who can't work two jobs because she can't afford child care; people with disabilities; the homeless; and those who have lost their jobs due to the economy and need help getting back on their feet. I can honestly say that last year, when I volunteered to pass out food at the pantry for Thanksgiving, it was a very humbling moment. Some of recipients were embarrassed that they had to go to a food pantry. Others, were so thankful that we were there to help out and give our time. Patty reminded us to think about all those in need when we were running. When the going gets tough and you want to quit and walk a few steps or sit down--think of the hard times that others have to endure, many have no option. I kept all of the people we were raising money for in my thoughts--that’s what helped me push to the finish line.
After the race, we were coaxed inside by a super nice nurse who was offering cholesterol and bone density testing. The hospital was holding their Health and Wellness Fair. As we were all sitting around getting our fingers pricked and ankles pressed for bone density, the nurses asked how we all knew each other. They were impressed that we all worked together and commented on how great it was to see people who work together also doing community service work and having a good time. It was a great day for Maugel all around!
Thank you, Brent, for encouraging us to participate in this great event. This was their first annual run. This year there were about 80 racers, next year they hope to double it.
P.S. We need Maugel running shirts