This past Saturday, December 14th, the runners of the Snowflake 5K took over Shelby Bottoms Park with an ample dose of Christmas cheer. There were groups of girls dressed up as elves, dogs dressed like their owners, and even a Santa snuggie that was somehow transformed into a legitimate outfit. If the runners weren’t feeling the Christmas spirit before the race, they certainly were after.
Though Shelby Bottoms Park is never its most beautiful in the winter, it still provided for a great course, full of scenic lake views and rolling hills. Plus, seeing other people jogging along in their jingle bell socks was enough to make anyone push through a tough incline!
Crossing the finish line felt like a victory, especially with all the cheering and excitement going on. But one of the best moments of the morning was seeing the wheelchair racers cross the finish line. They got amazing times, and you could just tell how much it meant to them to dominate that 5K. They were truly an inspiration to all.
Despite the cold, rainy conditions, the Snowflake 5K was a massive success. Just by finishing that race, we took one more step to ending child abuse in Tennessee. PCAT did a fantastic job of putting on a fun, holiday-themed event, and I can’t wait to be a part of the race again next year!