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2nd Annual Run Me Home 5K/10K Race and Fun Run in Leesburg

March 26, 2012 by Contributor filed under Events, Lifestyle No Comments

The Starting Gun Sounds for Run Me Home races, Saturday, April 30th, 2011 on the scenic W&OD trail in Leesburg, Virginia. 419 runners registerd for the 5K, 10K and Fun Run events, over 200 of which participated in the 5K race alone. See Photo courtesy/ Whritenour Family.

“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them” (Mark 10:13-16 ESV).

The race will be held April 28, 2012 on the the scenic W&OD trail in Leesburg and begin and finish at Catoctin Elementary School, in Leesburg.

The 2011 event raised approximately $9,000 to benefit children in Loudoun County Foster Care and Adoptive Services.

Helping Children find Loving Homes

Loudoun County Foster Care and Adoption (LCFCA) currently support around 100 children in our local community through a variety of programs and services. In particular youth adoption numbers are on the rise.

While adoption support has been solid, there is a particularly strong need for temporary foster families that can offer flexibility, as well as a loving environment for children in our community.There is an ongoing need for financial support to assist with: scholarships for youth entering college and trade schools, transportation needs, computer equipment, summer camps, and so many other extras normal children take for granted.

Teens of all ages in the program are in need of mentors to provide the youth with connections to the community and assistance in developing the skills necessary to become successful adults.

Perhaps the biggest priority which incorporates all of the above is providing awareness. Awareness ranges from communicating the above targeted needs to educating our local community that these children are not throw always, but simply children in need.
Supporting LCFCA is all about filling the gaps in the lives of these children, bringing them human and physical needs that are natural for us, but missing for them.

An Inspired Mission
By Brian Whritenour
Runmehome10k@gmail.com

Seven Years ago God blessed my wife April and I with the adoption of our son Jack. Again we were blessed a year later with the adoption of our daughter Sarah. Since that time our lives have been so full and our relationship with God grows stronger every day.

Each night when I look across the dinner table at Jack and Sarah’s smiling faces or yell at them to stop playing with their milk, I’m reminded of the blessing that God gave April and I. I couldn’t imagine a life without Jack & Sarah and I couldn’t imagine a life where they did not have a loving home. I’m also reminded that God has a plan for each of us. It has become clear to me that part of God’s plan for me is to help children in need, specifically those who do not have families to share their love.

Whether you are a runner, a parent, have been involved in adoption or foster care, or you simply would like to help with a very special calling we can use your help.

This spring that plan continues with the 2nd Annual Run Me Home 5K/10K Race and Fun Run. The race will be held April 28, 2012 on the scenic W&OD trail in Leesburg. The run will begin and finish at Catoctin Elementary School.

The mission of this race is to help bring children in need into the care of loving homes. The event will benefit children right here in Loudoun County by raising awareness and funding for Loudoun County Foster Care and Adoption, as well as INOVA’s Mobile Hope Program. If you are a runner, potential sponsor, or are simply interested in helping with this mission, send me an email.

I wanted to share one last thing with you before we commence with the 2012 Run Me Home event. Last year at the annual Foster Care Appreciation Luncheon, my wife and I had the opportunity to hear first-person accounts of how foster parents in Loudoun County are making a difference in the lives of children. Each of these stories had two underlying themes: foster parents that simply refused to give up and a capacity to love beyond expectation. One account reflected a misunderstood teen asking his foster mom, why do you love me so much? Her answer was simple, “Because you’re worth it.” That simple answer has made all the difference in the life of a child.

About Run Me Home 2011
Whether you sponsored the race, made a personal donation, volunteered your time and your talents, or lined up at the starting line and gave us a reason to cheer on that sunny morning, you made this event special.

Some of the highlights of Run Me Home event which took place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 included: 419 registered runners for all three events, over 200 of which participated in the 5k race alone. A 5k finish that featured winner Tim Ratliff edging out runner up William Waskes by 1 second. The 10k race concluded with a moment that will be talked about for years, as our final runner of the day, 76 year old Paul Christopher approached the finish line, racers and fans gathered around and welcomed him across the finish to a deafening round of applause and cheers.

While race day was full of smiles and excitement, we did some productive things too. The mission of Run Me Home is “Helping Children Find Loving Homes.” I’m proud to say that our 2011 event raised approximately $9,000 to benefit children in Loudoun County Foster Care and Adoptive Services.

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