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Join our repeat mile sponsor, CRISTA Camps, on OCTOBER 23-26, 2014 for their Ol’ Time Harvest Fest at Miracle Ranch!
This event is the quintessential family-friendly fall outing, with activities to keep your family in the harvest spirit.
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From left, Gig Harbor resident Kelsey Storset holds the hand of her son, Wade, 2, while he also holds his grandmother’s hand, Leslie Mayne, as they prepare to begin the kids’ dash. Mayne got the race off the ground four years ago as a way to combat her sadness for losing her son, Kyle, to PTSD, and to turn her grief into a way to help others.
By RIC HALLOCK
GIG HARBOR LIFE
Thousands of participants joined in for the fourth annual Race for a Soldier half marathon benefit run on Sunday, originally created by Gig Harbor resident Leslie Mayne, to help returning veterans with Permission to Start Dreaming.
She developed the idea as a way to turn her sadness over losing her son to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder into something that could help others. The event has grown each year and race officials this year said they handed out bib numbers into the 5000s.
A half marathon course begins and ends at the Tom Taylor Family Y in Gig Harbor, with the course winding through the north end of Gig Harbor. A 2-mile run was again part of the day’s activities, although Mayne said she and other event organizers are strongly considering exchanging the 2-mile run for a 5k next year.
“This is all blessings,” Mayne said Sunday, after the race has started. “The volunteers, the vendors, the support from the community — it’s all blessings from God.”
Once again, Leslie Mayne (founder of the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation) was invited to appear on New Day Northwest by host Margaret Larson. Just in case you missed it, you can watch the segment here:
Please join us in helping our friends over at Altrusa of Gig Harbor to "Make a Difference for a Soldier" by putting on the Million Dollar Cookie Challenge!
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Since the very beginning, Canterwood has been there to support our runners, soldiers and volunteers. On the morning of September 28th, and the community will once again line their streets with flags to honor the runners!
Furthering their support, Race For A Soldier and the Prayer Breakfast (both taking place in Gig Harbor) are featured in Canterwood Life Magazine (pages 22-24). Click here to see the magazine in its entirety!